Santonio Holmes may not feel Tim Tebow should be part of private training sessions attended by the Jets’ key players, as evident by Holmes’ choice to not include Tebow in a non-team sanctioned training weekend in Orlando two months ago, but Mark Sanchez feels much differently. The Jets starting QB has asked his backup to attend the third annual “Jets West” passing camp being held in Southern California sometime in late June or early July. Tebow, continuing in his efforts to prove he is a team player, will attend the informal week-long training camp which was created by Sanchez to boost the chemistry and strengthen the relationships among the Jets’ offensive players. It is clear Sanchez is looking to do just that with Tebow but other teammates see the importance of a week-long bonding session as well.
“It’s just so important to spend time together as much as possible,” said third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, who will be attending “Jets West” for the second time. “It’s a good opportunity for us to get out of our element and do something social as a group with the benefit of working and great weather. It’s really a good time for us. It’s a lot of football and a lot of fun.”
So far twelve offensive players have confirmed they will be in attendance: Sanchez, Tebow, McElroy; running backs Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight and John Conner; wide receivers Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner and Scotty McKnight; and tight ends Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland and Josh Baker. Whether Holmes will be there remains to be seen. What we do know is Mark Sanchez will have the opportunity to show members of the Jets’ offense he is their leader going into the 2012 season. And he gets to do so on his turf and his dime – his way.