New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has no intention of being the backup to newly drafted rookie Geno Smith.
Sanchez has been sidelined with a major shoulder injury, sustained in the Jets' pre-season victory against the Giants. Reports quickly emerged suggesting that Sanchez could be facing a lengthy spell away from action, but sources close to the player understand that he could be back very soon.
Mark Sanchez reportedly told NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Thursday that he was "pleasantly surprised" by his "progress."
He appears to be eager to get onto the field once again, after Geno Smith impressed in his first competitive game for the Jets in their 18-17 victory against the Buccaneers in Week One.
When asked about how he felt about the competition for starting alongside Smith, Sanchez went on to say: "I won the competition," Sanchez said. "There's no doubt. It was a done deal."
We can infer from this that Sanchez believes that he is superior to the rookie and deserves a starting spot on the Jets' offensive lineup.
Sanchez, appearing to sound rather frustrated about potentially having to compete for a place, could be permanently replaced in the team, should Smith continue to put in promising performances.
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