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Mark Sanchez throws pick six on first preseason series

If you predicted Mark Sanchez throwing a pick six on his first possession of the preseason, come on down and collect your prize.

Sanchez, who has committed an NFL-high 54 turnovers over the past two seasons, threw an interception on his third pass of the preseason that was returned 14 yards for a touchdown. The pass came on a busted screen on Friday, but Sanchez did not recognize the play was broken and attempted the pass. Detroit Lions rookie first-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Here’s the video via Jimmy Traina:

Sanchez finished the game 10-of-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown in addition to the pick, so at least he cleaned it up.

Another interesting note about Sanchez is that the guy is really remaining committed to his headband look. He wore it before, during and after the game:

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Mark Sanchez responds to Twitter hater who hopes he tears his ACL

Mark SanchezThis must be the week of athletes striking back at Twitter haters.

When you’re a public figure like Mark Sanchez, and you’ve led the NFL in turnovers over the past two seasons, and you’re responsible for the most embarrassing football plays of the year, and you’re playing in the biggest city in the country, a lot of people will be out for your head.

Some fans express their thoughts in conversation with friends, others call sports talk radio, and then there are those who decide to take matters head on. These keyboard warriors will tweet at the athlete and say some of the most jacked up things you could imagine. This time Sanchito decided to reply to one.

Here’s how the New York Jets quarterback handled a fan telling him (in all caps) that he hopes the QB tears his ACL:

Sanchez certainly took a different approach from Dwight Howard, who ripped a Twitter follower earlier in the week, but we certainly respect the quarterback’s humility.

H/T The Jets Stream

Geno Smith on winning New York Jets starting job: ‘I feel like I have a great shot’

Geno-Smith-JetsThe quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith is the most interesting storyline to follow from New York Jets training camp this summer. Most reporters have used words like “uninspiring” to describe Smith’s performance during practice since the Jets drafted him, and multiple reports have indicated Sanchez should be the starter come Week 1.

Smith has yet to give up hope.

“I feel like I have a great shot,” Smith told The Charleston Gazette over the weekend. “I did a pretty good job overall of just adapting to the system and playbook and felt very comfortable with it by the end of OTAs and mandatory [mini-] camp [in May and June].”

With the way Sanchez has played over the past two seasons, one would think Smith would have to do very little to beat him out. However, Rex Ryan has shown unconditional support for Sanchez over the years. Couple that with rumors about the Jets considering using Smith as a change-of-pace quarterback and it would be tough to imagine Sanchez not being under center for the first game of the season.

“Going into training camp I’ve got a great opportunity and feel very good about it,” Smith said. “I’m going to go in there with the right mentality, the same mentality I had throughout my entire career, which is to work hard, to better myself and help my teammates get better and we’ll see what happens at the end of preseason.”

What else can he say? There’s a reason Geno decided not to participate in Sanchez’s annual team camp in California. He expects to be the future quarterback of the Jets, and he wants that to start in 2013. There’s a good chance he will get a chance to prove himself, but it probably won’t come in Week 1. If Sanchez continues to stink, Geno’s shot will come sooner rather than later.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Geno Smith on missing Jets West camp: Me and Mark Sanchez are cool

Geno-Smith-JetsGeno Smith raised a few eyebrows last week when he was a no-show for Mark Sanchez’s “Jets West” camp. Sanchez’s camp has become an annual tradition with the New York Jets and a time where the team can work on bonding, conditioning and other forms of practice.

As LB mentioned before, Smith probably chose not to attend because he is trying to beat Sanchez out for the starting quarterback position. Whatever the reason, the rookie said his decision to skip has not created any problems between him and Sanchez.

“Me and Mark are cool. No hard feelings or anything,” Smith said in an interview with OCNN, via the NY Daily News. “He’s up there getting work with the guys, I’m down here getting work.”

Sanchez basically said the same last week, but that hasn’t stopped the media from jumping to conclusions.

“I think it’s just something to talk about,” Smith said. “Right now it’s a dead period, so any type of hype, anything that they can get their hands on, some type of controversy. The media, they’re just doing their job. They got to create a hot story, they gotta keep the fans interested.”

That’s a pretty fair assessment. Jets stories tend to be a go-to for media outlets (us included) during the NFL offseason, mainly because they have a lot of stupid ideas and say a lot of stupid things. If Smith plans to have a successful career in New York, he might as well get used to it now.

H/T Twitter/Mansh Mehta

Geno Smith’s invitation to Jets West camp must have been lost in the mail

Geno-Smith-JetsMark Sanchez is holding his annual “Jets West” camp and, unsurprisingly, Geno Smith is a no-show.

While several New York Jets skill position players showed up for team bonding, weight lifting, and other forms of practice led by Sanchez in Mission Viejo, Calif., the incumbent’s biggest competition at quarterback was training in Florida on his own.

Sanchez told the New York Daily News on Friday that he had no hard feelings towards Smith or anyone else who was not able to attend his camp, but the situation has reached comedic levels.

During mini-camp, Smith, who was selected by the Jets in the second round of the draft, gave a “no comment” when asked if he would attend Sanchez’s camp, which essentially confirmed he had no interest in going to the event.

“Sure, sure,” Smith said about going to Jets West at the time, per the Daily News. “We haven’t talked about it, but from my understanding it’s something that’s done annually and all the guys go out there and it’s been a great experience. Mark hasn’t officially extended the hand to me but I’m pretty sure there’s no problem there. I’m more than willing to go there.”

He didn’t sound all that enthusiastic about going, right? Sanchez, meanwhile, said that everyone was invited.

Who can really blame Smith for not going? The camp is an unofficial event organized by Sanchez, whom Smith is trying to beat out for the job. Why would he want to walk into a situation where Sanchez is trying to assert his leadership? And though it is a nice gesture from Sanchez to organize the workouts, this is a player who has turned the ball over more than anyone else in the league the past two seasons. What kind of authority could he possibly have as a team leader? I know I would have a hard time taking his efforts seriously if I were one of his teammates based on the way he’s played.

Mark Sanchez: Dancing naked butt video was ‘a little embarrassing’

Mark SanchezIt’s 2013 and we have arrived at a time when media members are asking players about embarrassing viral videos.

In June, a video of New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez dancing and showing his butt on camera went viral. The video was uploaded to a girl’s Vine account and deleted, and it supposedly was recorded by a girl who was partying with Sanchez in Napa, Calif.

[Video: Mark Sanchez shows his butt while dancing with girls]

Speaking to the New York Daily News from his annual “Jets West” camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., Sanchez called the video “embarrassing” and said he has learned from it.

“Obviously the video’s a little embarrassing,” Sanchez told The Daily News on Friday. “It’s just a good reminder that you’re in the spotlight… and be ever watchful and careful of who you’re with, what you’re doing. Whether it’s harmless, whether you’re in the privacy or your own setting and you feel like everything’s fine and you’re safe, you just got to be careful. That’s just a good example of that.”

Sanchez also said the video is a reminder that he has to be smart about who he’s with and that he needs to protect himself at all times.

If you listen to former Jets quarterback Erik Ainge, this is a lesson Sanchez should have learned a long time ago. Ainge said last month that Sanchez has always done dumb stuff around girls and was lucky to have people help protect him. Though Sanchez was a little embarrassed by the video, I’m guessing he still had plenty of fun that night that makes up for the embarrassment.

Mark Sanchez butt fumble has been turned into a silent film (Video)

Mark-Sanchez-butt-fumbleMark Sanchez is going to be haunted by the infamous butt fumble long after he is finished as the quarterback of the New York Jets. Whether he leaves New York in two weeks or 10 years, he will never hear the end of that play. In fact, it happened in December and is still holding strong on SportsCenter’s “Not Top 10″ every week.

Now, someone has put a unique spin on the butt fumble and turned it into a hilarious silent film.

“He ran straight into that man’s buttocks!”

How can you not laugh? The play signified an embarrassing ending to the 2012 Jets seasons that was simply too good to be true. The fact that people are still finding ways to remind Sanchez about it is unfortunate for him, but fantastic for us.

Video via Eye on Football