NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mark Sanchez, currently competing with rookie Geno Smith for the Jets’ starting-quarterback job, maintains that he’s still confident despite his turnover-prone 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The former first-round pick, entering his fifth year with Gang Green, appears to have the upper hand over Smith at the moment. He will start the first preseason game against the Lions on Friday night.
But he still has plenty of detractors, from fans to media members to players.
One of those players is his ex-teammate, Chaz Schilens.
Schilens, now with the Lions, spent 2012 with New York. The wide receiver caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games last season.
The sixth-year player didn’t exactly praise his former quarterback when asked about his one season in East Rutherford.
“Really, when it came down to it, I kind of felt like they were looking for scapegoats,” Schilens told the Detroit Free Press in regard to the Jets. “And besides everyone except for, you know, maybe the quarterback position, and it was what it was.”
When asked directly about Sanchez, Schilens opted to bite his tongue, but in the process insulted him anyway.
“(I have) nothing good to say, so I’m not going to say nothing,” the San Diego State product told the newspaper.
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