Clemens Leads Sanchez Early in Jets’ Quarterback Competition


Clemens Leads Sanchez Early in Jets' Quarterback Competition Kellen Clemens or Mark Sanchez? That is the question surrounding the Jets.

Right now, in the first week of training camp, Clemens is taking the majority of the reps with the starters. But the competition is likely to heat up as the summer wears on.

"Kellen is getting the majority of the work with the ones, [and] Mark gets most of the work with the twos," Jets offensive coordinator Brain Schottenheimer told "We allow them to look at most of the scripts before and really steal a couple plays from each period … So, just early in camp, that’s the way we’re going to approach it. It’s kind of fun to watch those two guys. They’ll say, ‘Hey, no I want this one.’ So, they’ll look at the script to see a play that they think is good, and they will wait to the last second and say, ‘No, hey I got this one.’ It adds a little bit of fuel to the fire, but it’s been good so far.”

As for Sanchez getting more reps with the ones?

"Well, I think that’s something we definitely want to do," Schottenheimer continued on the blog. "We’re not going to put a timetable on it. We’re just a couple of practices in. A big part of it, like any rookie or player, is that you’ve got to earn those reps. So as Mark continues to get more comfortable and continues to grow, which he’s doing, we’ll make sure we give him some more work."

One thing Schottenheimer did mention was Sanchez’s improvements with his reads.

"He’s really comfortable with his reads," Schottenheimer said. "The big thing with him is that we do a lot of things that we call 'combination footwork,' and that’s just, depending on what the read is, he’s got to adjust his feet. There are still some times he’ll take seven steps when he’s supposed to take five. So therefore, he’s a little bit late, but he’s really picked up the reads really well. Then obviously with the running game, that’s a little bit new for him. Some of the things we’ve asked him to do in the running game about assessing things and making some changes. So that’s something that he needs to work on."

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