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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

Former Jet Erik Ainge: Mark Sanchez does dumb things like going streaking

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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has taken a lot of criticism this week after a couple of video clips hit the internet of him dancing around with two attractive young ladies and hanging his butt out. Some have argued that the 26-year-old was simply having some harmless fun, but most people feel that it wasn’t a good look for Sanchez.

One of Sanchez’s former teammates, quarterback Erik Ainge, told Metro New York on Thursday that “goofy” behavior is nothing new for the former USC star. In fact, he said he once had to smash a girl’s cell phone after she took a video or picture of Sanchez streaking at a party in 2009.

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Mark Sanchez shows his butt while partying with ladies (Video)

If you thought that photo of Matt Leinart hanging in a hot tub with some ladies was bad, then you’ll definitely flip out over these videos.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez apparently was partying in Napa Valley with a group of ladies, and one of them took Vine videos of the group’s shenanigans and shared them on social media. Unfortunately for Sanchito, the videos were preserved and still live on the Internet.

Here’s the first video, which shows Sanchez, a couple of women bouncing around, a woman’s chest, and the woman smoking:

According to Deadspin, the woman in the videos is Alana Kari, whom they describe as a SoCal socialite. Deadspin says Kari posted a bunch of videos from the trip, which included “wine tasting at Bello Family Vineyards, dinner at Morimoto, and back home for a dance party.”

The video you see above is only one small taste of the evening’s festivities. Another video later emerged, and it literally shows Sanchez exposing his butt.

Here’s that video (may be NSFW if butts are unsafe at your workplace):

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