Ryan Says Clemens the Starting QB – For Now

Pro Football Weekly reports that the Jets have a starting QB – for now. That player is Kellen Clemens, who will try to hold off Mark Sanchez for as long as he can:

Mark Sanchez has his work cut out for him. On Thursday, when the Jets’ veterans joined the rookies who had already been at their SUNY-Cortland training-camp location for three days, coach Rex Ryan proclaimed Kellen Clemens as No. 1 on the QB depth chart.

“There is going to be a competition,” Ryan said. “Clemens, going in, will get the first reps, and Sanchez will get the twos. But obviously we are going to give Sanchez the chance to be with the ones, as well.”

Sanchez, the draft’s No. 5 overall pick, who inked a five-year contract worth up to $60 million, is being hailed as the new face of the franchise. He’s also considered the favorite to earn the starting nod come Week One. But Ryan’s pointed remark about the rookie’s current role on the team warns those speculating on the QB situation not to get ahead of themselves.

“I would say that it will be an open competition,” Ryan said. “We will evaluate them every day. We will then make the best decision.”

Clemens has been with the club for the past three seasons, playing primary backup to Chad Pennington in 2006 and ’07, and then Brett Favre last season. All eight of his career starts came in ’07, when Pennington was bothered by a high ankle sprain.

“This is a business that is concentrated on one thing, and that is winning football games,” Clemens said. “The Jets are going to put the best players out there at every position that are going to help us win.”


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