Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez told the New York Daily News that it doesn’t bother him that quite a few players skipped this year’s “Jets West” camp.
“I don’t hold it against any of the guys that can’t make it,” Sanchez said Friday after workouts at his old high school in Southern California. “I probably should have said that right away. There are no hard feelings about anything like that. Greg (McElroy’s) not here. (Matt) Simms isn’t here. Guys are on vacation. Some guys are going and getting married. They’re doing stuff. There’s plenty of other things that they could be doing.”
“If they can make the sacrifice and be here, awesome,” Sanchez said. “If they can’t, (it’s) totally fine. And I would never hold a grudge against anybody who’s not here. But we’ve (Tim) Tebow here. We’ve had (Mark) Brunell here. We’ve had (Kevin) O’connell. So it’s not like I don’t invite those guys. They’re more than welcome to come and we’ll invite them every year.”
Sanchez was asked if Geno Smith made it clear that he wouldn’t attend.
“It just doesn’t look like he’s going to come,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. It’s really not a big deal. If he’s not going to make it, he’s not going to make it.”
Sanchez claims that he’ll “absolutely” beat out Smith for the Jets starting quarterback job.
Sanchez was asked if the competition between himself and Smith will be close.
“We’ll see,” Sanchez said. “I hope not.”
I don’t see it being close either, but I also believe Smith will beat out Sanchez.