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Panthers WR Steve Smith Rips Mark Sanchez: ‘He Sucks!’

'I Wouldn't Let Mark Sanchez Throw Me A Paper Bag Sandwich'
Steve Smith  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Mark Sanchez  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Steve Smith (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images), Mark Sanchez (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Anonymous rip jobs? That’s so 2012.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith has a message for embattled Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez: You stink.

“He sucks,” Smith said Wednesday while co-hosting “The Drive” on WFNZ 610-AM in Charlotte. “I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich.”

The Jets are scheduled to face the Panthers on the road in Week 15. That should be interesting. That is, if Sanchez is even the starter.

The 26-year-old regressed for a second straight season in 2012 as headlines swirled about his job security with Tim Tebow behind him on the depth chart. Sanchez was benched twice late in the season, but it was third-stringer Greg McElroy — not the recently released Tebow — who got the snaps under center.

Promising a true training camp competition at the position, New York signed David Garrard and selected West Virginia’s Geno Smith in the second round of last month’s draft. Garrard now plans to retire due to lingering knee issues, leaving the starting job up for grabs between Sanchez, Smith, McElroy and Matt Simms.

Sanchez threw 18 interceptions last season and couldn’t seem to hold on to the ball under pressure, lowlighted by the infamous “Buttfumble” on Thanksgiving night.

Sanchez took the high road at the Jets’ facility Thursday.

“I have no idea,” he responded, according to the New York Post. “You have to ask Steve. I wish him and his team a healthy and successful season.”

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