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Kellen Clemens is coming up on a contract year, and if there is one thing we know about the NFL, it’s that players miraculously step up before it’s time to negotiate.
Clemens has started eight games for the Jets, winning three. His wins were close, and two of them came in overtime.
Yes, Clemens has some experience, but his numbers have not been impressive. As a starter in the NFL, he has thrown for only five touchdowns and has struggled with accuracy, tossing 11 interceptions.
Mark Sanchez is in one of the biggest pressure situations of any rookie this year. He’s under the watchful eye of the New York media, and expectations run high for a kid coming from one of the only pro-style offenses in college, the University of Southern California.
One of Sanchez’s biggest weaknesses is his lack of experience. He only started 16 games at USC. However, he has an ambitious personality, unwavering leadership qualities, and has already won over the coaching staff.
In fact, his inexperience might even work in his favor. A new coach, a new philosophy, and a young impressionable quarterback might be exactly what this team needs.
Pick: Mark Sanchez
There is no reason for Sanchez to observe from the sidelines. Clemens has yet to prove himself, and there is very little Sanchez can learn from watching him.
The Jets are going to run the ball like crazy this season. They have some good receiving running backs, which will allow Sanchez to make some cheap completions, boosting his confidence.
The Jets should have a good defense, as well as a good change-of-pace running game, which is a rookie quarterback’s best friend.