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Sanchez on Fight Camp

August
3

The first rule of fight camp… is unlike Fight Club everyone will talk about it because you have an audience. Today’s practice was scrappy enough that HBO could have filmed it for a Saturday night undercard. On the fourth day of two-a days, James Ihedigbo and Thomas Jones went at it for the first of three fights in 15 minutes according to numerous reports.

Unfortunately I was not there to see the Jets Golden Gloves, since the Journal News has opted not to cover training camp with the Jets or the Giants yet. Still, players talked about the commotion, starting with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez who continues to make a strong case for the starting spot.

“Practice got heated as you saw,” Sanchez said. “Guys getting into it a little bit. That’s good though.  That’s the kind of intensity Coach Ryan wants. That’s the way we want to play.”

He also talked about playing with the first team.

“That means the world to me,” Sanchez said. “You want it to happen as much as possible. I’m right in (offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) Schotty’s hip pocket and right next to Kellen (Clemens) as he’s calling the plays in the huddle and getting as close to taking those first team reps as possible. As soon as they come my way, that’s when you really need to make a move in this whole thing.”

Is he comfortable with the first team?

“I feel great,” Sanchez said. “You get in there with Nick (Mangold) and (Alan) Faneca and Brick (D’Brickashaw Ferguson) and (Damien) Woody and Brandon Moore. You have a real comfort level. You get guys like Stuck (Chansi Stuckey) and J. Co (Jerricho Cotchery) and they just know exactly what they’re doing. They kind of bail you out sometimes. I want to get that chemistry with them, so I need those reps. As soon as that happens there’s going to be a good chance to make a move and it helps when you have all those tools. The running game, screens, gimmicks and stuff like, that just take a lot of the pressure off of you. It will happen soon and that’s when I have to be sharp.”

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8 Responses to “Sanchez on Fight Camp”

  1. JayM

    How are you suppose to cover the team if you are not at training camp?

  2. Jane McManus

    That is a very insightful question. I still have sources and I hope that I’ll be able to get up there.

    Either way I didn’t want to mislead anyone who thought I’d seen the fights first-hand.

  3. JayM

    Thank you for your honesty and your response.

  4. Erik Sec.309

    Nothing beats a good summer camp brawl. let’s hope it translates into a permanent surly attitude.

  5. David

    Well, it’s not your fault you can’t be there, but I hope the journal news can pass a collection plate or something to get you up to camp firsthand. I’m hoping to steal a day and take my boys, at some point over the next couple of weeks…if I can squeeze it in around my youngest’s demanding Pop Warner practice schedule.

  6. Smartline-8/3

    [...] Sanchez on Fight Camp | Jets JournalMark Sanchez spoke about the fights today. Although on the field work is much more important, it’s nice to hear the franchise quarterback sound so polished. He by nature needs to develop into a strong locker room voice. [...]

  7. Smartline-8/3 « wire2

    [...] Sanchez on Fight Camp | Jets JournalMark Sanchez spoke about the fights today. Although on the field work is much more important, it’s nice to hear the franchise quarterback sound so polished. He by nature needs to develop into a strong locker room voice. [...]

  8. Miloslav Mecir

    Tyler Durdin, eat your heart out.
    training camps with no fights are just….not as intense.
    Fights prove intensity.

    I think Rex has read one too many books on Patton.
    or maybe its his liquid diet?

    Doesn’t he look like a rail at 330???

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