Jets QB Sanchez a full participant in morning, sits out some in afternoon team drills

By Dennis Waszak Jr., AP
Monday, June 14, 2010

Jets’ Sanchez takes it easy in afternoon practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Mark Sanchez will be a morning man during minicamp.

The New York Jets quarterback didn’t participate in 11-on-11 team drills in the team’s afternoon practice Monday, as planned, after going through a full session in the morning.

The team will limit him to morning practices during the three-day minicamp as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery and get closer to feeling 100 percent healthy.

“I feel like it’s done,” Sanchez said. “It’s just staying strong and being diligent with it.”

Sanchez had the patella-stabilizing ligament in his left knee repaired in February, and participated in 11-on-11 team drills last week for the first time since the operation.

He looked mobile and unimpeded Monday morning, and threw passes in 7-on-7 drills in the afternoon.

“I’m feeling great,” he said. “Physically, good. I didn’t hesitate on anything. Physically in running around, I just felt solid and better than I have ever felt, really, and that’s what they promised.”

He still expects to be a full go when training camp opens on Aug. 2 in Cortland, N.Y. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez put in extra work at the team’s training facility on Saturday and Sunday.

Sanchez also didn’t appear too tired despite a late night in Manhattan on Sunday. The second-year quarterback was a presenter at the Tony Awards, attending with actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

“It was so fun,” he said. “Really fun.”

Sanchez introduced the performance of “Memphis,” which later won the Tony for best musical.

“I was so excited for them because I saw it two or three times,” said Sanchez, who estimates he’s been to at least eight or nine Broadway shows. “I took (Dustin) Keller to see it, and he loved it.”

NOTES: NT Kris Jenkins fully participated in team drills for the first time this offseason. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a game last October, which sidelined him for the rest of the season. “It felt good to work, honestly,” he said. “You get to a certain point in your career where you just enjoy putting the work in, and I’m there now. Hopefully, I’ve got a lot more left in me.”

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