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Sanchez Shines Over Clemens in Scrimmage

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Looks like Mark Sanchez got the better of Kellen Clemens in the Jets Thursday scrimmage:

Mark Sanchez felt jittery, barely able to take more than a single bite of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The New York Jets rookie quarterback was preparing for the team’s full-contact scrimmage Thursday night and couldn’t wait to get on the field.

“It was like game day,” Sanchez said. “It was game mode. I put in the iPod and just laid down for a little bit, relaxed my mind and came out here and did a little work.”

Sanchez outplayed Kellen Clemens in the team’s green-white scrimmage in front of 6,100 at SUNY Cortland, perhaps giving himself the slight edge in the team’s closely contested quarterback competition.

“I wanted to see poise,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I also wanted to see the accuracy that he showed. He really did show up.”

Sanchez, the fifth overall draft pick from Southern California, was 9 of 15 — including four dropped passes — for 70 yards while running the first- and second-team offenses against the first two defensive units.

“I felt great about throwing the football,” said Sanchez, who looked good running the no-huddle offense at times. “It was spinning well and coming out of my hand great. Good protection; they were awesome.”

Sanchez’s numbers would’ve been even more impressive if not for the drops, three of which came on third-down plays. Two of the drops were by undrafted free agent Britt Davis.

“That’s where you’ve got to focus more than anything,” Ryan said. “Just catch the football first and we’ll worry about running after it second. Just junior high stuff. That was disappointing.”

Clemens, a fourth-year veteran who entered the competition No. 1 on the depth chart, was 5 of 7 for 26 yards. The offense went three-and-out on three drives with Clemens under center.

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