Mark Sanchez ‘shaking off rust,’ throws three interceptions


Mark Sanchez draws a crowd. (Mel Evans / AP)

Well, at least there was no buttfumble.

The first day of the 2013 New York Jets quarterback competition wasn’t exactly a terrific success for Mark Sanchez, who admitted he was “shaking off the rust.” After back-to-back 26-turnover seasons, Sanchez went out and, in organized team activities Wednesday, threw three interceptions in 15 snaps. Jets Coach Rex Ryan was not thrilled.

“This is OTAs… but that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said (via the New York Daily News). “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays. No, no, no you flat tell him, ‘We can’t have these.’ He knows.”

It didn’t help Sanchez, who split reps with Smith, that Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill sat out the OTA and Mike Goodson was making a court appearance after his arrest on drug and weapon charges.

“I got to be confident in what I’m doing, know that I’m making the right decisions, putting the ball in the right spot,” Sanchez said, after going 6-for-11 in 11-on-11 drills. “If a guy’s there or not there, I can’t fix that. I just got to be on my game, worry about me and trust that the coaches and everybody will see that. And they will.”

Smith, the rookie now represented by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Smith, hit 3-of-10 passes, with one interception.

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