NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets never publicly declared a winner to their quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith.
But Sanchez, who injured his right shoulder in the team’s third preseason game, said Thursday that the job was his.
“What I’m really disappointed about is that I got hurt because I won the competition,” Sanchez told the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on Thursday.
Asked if he felt he earned the job, Sanchez replied: “There’s no doubt. It was a done deal.”
Sanchez was hurt after a controversial decision by head coach Rex Ryan to insert the quarterback late in New York’s preseason game against the Giants. The 26-year-old was crushed behind the Jets’ backups on the offensive line.
“I’m rehabbing my a– off to try and make it back, and that’s where my head’s at,” he told Eisen. “There is no plan for surgery at this time.”
Sanchez was active on the sideline Thursday night, watching Smith hang in there against the New England Patriots before three fourth-quarter interceptions sealed the deal in a 13-10 loss.
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