Panthers' Steve Smith Wouldn't Let Mark Sanchez Throw Him a 'Paper Bag Sandwich'

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09:   Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has never been shy about speaking his mind, and he didn't hold back while discussing much-maligned New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on a Charlotte radio station. 

According to Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News, when Smith was asked about Sanchez on WFNZ-AM, he was less than complimentary.

"I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich," Smith said.

It's unclear exactly what that means, but most would probably agree that Smith doesn't think too highly of Sanchez's passing ability.

Sanchez was asked about Smith's comments by Brian Costello of The New York Post, and not surprisingly, he decided to take the high road and opted not to fire back at the loudmouthed receiver.

Luckily for Smith, he has a Pro Bowl-caliber signal-caller tossing him darts in Carolina in the form of Cam Newton. Since Newton took the reins in 2011, Smith has consecutive seasons of at least 73 catches and 1,100 receiving yards. He has also reeled in a total of 11 touchdowns over the past two years.

Sanchez's wideouts haven't been quite so productive. The former first-round pick had a nightmarish 2012 campaign as he threw for just 2,883 yards, completed a mere 54 percent of his passes and turned the ball over an incredible 26 times.

While Sanchez is currently slated to be the Jets' starter again in 2013, he figures to be locked in a tight competition throughout training camp and preseason with recent second-round selection Geno Smith out of West Virginia.

If nothing else, Smith's comments show how far Sanchez has fallen in recent years. Since leading the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in both 2009 and 2010, Sanchez has lost his way and the Jets have returned to ordinary status.

Whether it's in the Big Apple or anywhere else across the country, Sanchez is constantly the brunt of NFL-themed jokes. It's only a matter of time before "paper bag sandwich" signs start appearing at MetLife Stadium.


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