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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 07/27/2012

Tim Tebow makes a splash at Jets camp, but Mark Sanchez is the big fish


Mark Sanchez (left) is the starter, okay? Tim Tebow is the backup. (Julio Cortez / AP)
Tim Tebow opened training camp Thursday.

Technically, the New York Jets and the starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, were there, too, in Cortland, N.Y., but Tebow, as is his wont, was the guy drawing some attention.

Among the day’s highlights: a reporter addressed Sanchez as “Tim” and was greeted by a laugh and an “I’m Mark” reply. The arrival of Tebow, with a “Here Comes Trouble,” headline grabbed the New York Daily News backpage. (No, not the Super Bowl champions. Or the Yankees. Or the Olympics.)

Just an ordinary day in Jetsland, with one controversy, Santonio Holmes’s doubts about whether a two-quarterback system can work, put to rest by his coach.

“I brought Santonio in here to be a receiver. Not to be the offensive coordinator. And that’s the way it is,” Coach Rex Ryan, 100 pounds lighter than last season, said. “I love Santonio, but if I wanted to hire him as our offensive coordinator, we would’ve.”

So Sanchez is the man, unless and until he isn’t, of course. Asked if Tebow might unseat Sanchez in preseason, Ryan told reporters: “I don't want to speculate on this, that or whatever. Mark Sanchez is our starting quarterback.”

Tebow is expected to be used in a Wildcat role and on punts and kickoffs. As Tebow led the Denver Broncos to victories last season, Tebowmania swept the country and Ryan thinks the value of having two quarterbacks outweighs the possibility that a controversy will flare up. Which would mean that Holmes is right about the two-QB thing.

“I know the history of the league,” Ryan said. “They say if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks. Tell that to the San Francisco 49ers when they had Steve Young and Joe Montana. I think they won a few games. I’m not real sure.”

Sounds like Ryan has it figured out. He probably shouldn’t buy a copy of Panini America’s NFL sticker book.

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