With Rex Ryan, Nick Mangold and Santonio Holmes available on a conference call today, beat reporters had a lot of questions to catch up on. One of the natural areas of inquiry: Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez. Rex has commented on the trade acquisition of Tebow less than a month, but Mangold, who will be snapping the leather to both, and Holmes, who will be catching the rock from both, hadn’t publicly weighed in yet.
Holmes said the trade caught him a little off guard.
“I was surprised,” the seventh-year wideout said during his portion of the call. “He was a second-year guy and a first-round draft pick. Getting trading from the Broncos certainly was a surprise for himself and the whole NFL. My take, bringing him aboard, I think he’s going to do some great things for our team this year. He’s a guy we can depend on when situations come about. He’s going to show he’s a playmaker who can help this team win.”
Mangold said the “playmaker” angle intrigued him the most.
“As much as any other trade or movement that gets done, if it’s going to help our team, I’m all for it,” the seventh-year center said. “Tim’s won a lot of games. He brings a new dynamic for our offense. Any chance to make us a better team, I’m all for it. I’m excited to see how that plays into our plans moving forward.”
Ryan has already said those plans involve Sanchez as the starting QB, but just to make sure, he was asked about that angle again today.
“Of course, Mark’s the starter, there’s no question about it. That’s how we look at it,” the head coach said. “We know Tim can help us, too, no doubt. He’s an outstanding football player. You look at both those guys, they’re both really good players, and they’re good people, and that’s where it is. Anytime you’re on the field, regardless of position, there’s competition. But Mark is our starting quarterback, we’ve said that, and Tim’s our backup quarterback. But we recognize that he’s an outstanding player and we’re going to use his abilities. We’re extremely happy to be able to use both of them.”
How that all sorts itself out, well, that’s what this time of year is partly for. It’s also time for the Jets to see their new playbooks, the offense’s book courtesy of new coordinator Tony Sparano.
“Learning the new offense is going to be new for all of us. We’re going into this season with clear minds, having our expectations on what Coach Sparano is going to teach us this year. We’re eager and excited, man, to get out on the field come OTAs, and even in the little time we have in between [now and the OTAs].”
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