Sanchez gelling with Jets' young wideouts

With the first preseason game already in the books, teams across the NFL have shifted their focus to finalizing opening day rosters. Rookies and younger players are getting their quality reps to impress coaches and keep themselves in contention to be starters. For Gang Green, there are many roster spots up for grabs, particularly at the wide receiver position.

The New York Jets have a multitude of new players trying out for the open receiver spots on the team.

While openly committing to the run game, the biggest question mark on the offense is whether quarterback Mark Sanchez will have viable receiving options when the ground game is stagnant.

Despite all the question marks along the depth chart, Sanchez is not worried and praises what he sees from young players, namely recent second-round draft pick Stephen Hill.

"Stephen (Hill) is doing well" commented Sanchez. "He is learning a lot on the fly, kind of like a deer in headlights sometimes, but he can also run like a deer so you have got to get the ball up quick."

Apart from Hill, Sanchez went on to say that he is impressed with the great camp that tight end, Dustin Keller is having. A model of consistency, Keller hopes to continue his excellence on the field and remains one of Sanchez's most utilized weapons.

There has also been much debate over whether Gang Green will play cornerback Antonio Cromartie at receiver as well. Sanchez would not rule it out but did not sound overly optimistic that Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano would take that route.

"Cromartie is very athletic," admitted Sanchez. "Athletically, could he be one of our best receivers? He probably could be."

Still, regardless of who plays the positions that are open, Sanchez knows what the end result has to be. He wants the team to reach the end zone, even if it he's not the one who crosses the goal line.

Sanchez spoke about the role that Tim Tebow is playing in the offense this year, stating that he would not be surprised to see New York's Wildcat quarterback used in goal line formation. Yet like the team leader that Sanchez is, he would gladly forgo his own statistics in favor of wins on the schedule.

"We need to score," said Sanchez. "The most important thing is getting the ball in the end zone and winning games."


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