The media was on hand for OTA's for the first time, so today was Mark Sanchez's public unveiling as a Jet.
And needless to say, it's a work in progress.
Rod Boone, Ohm Youngmisuk, Jane McManus, and Dave Hutchinson are among the writers who chronicled practice, during which Sanchez struggled. Eric Smith had an interception, and after one errant throw in the middle of the field, Bart Scott yelled, "You're going to get somebody killed, Sanchez!" Eric Smith had an interception, and Brian Schottenheimer reamed him out after a poor read in the red zone.
Meanwhile, Kellen Clemens played better than his rookie counterpart, but he, too, was intercepted, and the defense clearly was the better side of the ball. Those links offer some quotes, with both sides praising the work of the defense. Bart Scott, according to McManus, gets very "chatty" when the defense "proves a point." I love Scott's attitude, and I hope it's contagious.
Bubba Franks has been missing OTA's due to a knee injury.
Vernon Gholston would have had one sack in practice if there was real contact. If only he could play real NFL football without contact.
*ESPN just had a nice highlight reel on Kerry Rhodes as he's being interviewed on NFL Live.
Here's a summary of what he said on ESPN.
On the defense this year: "We're going to have a young guy anyway. This season is defense first. We know that, and the franchise know that. Defense and running the ball."
On the GQ spread: "The advice...that I gave him...if you're gonna do that, that's fine, but be able to put that on the side and know when to play football."
On a Kerry Rhodes-Mark Sanchez Zoolander-like modeling "walk-off.": "Mark wins that in a landslide, I'll let him keep that one."
On Brett Favre: "Have him at your own risk. I can't speak for those guys, they just got Rosenfels, they have Jackson, but if you want them to develop and be players for you, you can't bring a guy who will come in and play maybe a year."
On the biggest change of the defense: "We're going to have the guy in the middle who is not gonna stop talking. He doesn't stop, he doesn't use expletives, but when he's done you feel like he's cussed you out all day."