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News » New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08
--In his first meeting with the media since the NFL Draft, Kellen Clemens made it clear he isn't conceding anything.


Still, the Jets' upcoming quarterback derby has a much different look now that the Jets have Mark Sanchez, who was selected with the fifth overall pick.

"My expectations haven't changed since the draft," Clemens said. "I expect to be under center opening day in Houston. Is it long-term? What is long-term in the NFL?"

Certainly not the Jets' quarterback situation in recent years. Chad Pennington lost his starting job to Clemens midway through the 2007 season, and was released after the Jets traded for 2008 starter Brett Favre last August. Once Favre "retired" in February, the stage seemed set for a Clemens-Brett Ratliff duel this summer. But Ratliff was dealt to Cleveland in the trade that made it possible for the Jets to get Sanchez.

With Sanchez poised to be the quarterback of the future, Clemens may have to be clearly better than the rookie to win the job in 2009, especially considering that Rex Ryan has made it clear he believes rookie signal-callers can win in the NFL. Joe Flacco helped steer Ryan's former team, Baltimore, to the AFC championship game last season.

"There's some weight that goes along with being the No. 5 pick," Clemens admitted. "Everybody knows that. Again, I go back to what coach (Ryan) said, and I think he's said it publicly. It's an open competition and the best player is going to play. Regardless of all the other business side of things, the best player is going to play. That's all I'm hoping for."

Ryan last week said he already has an "opinion" on how the competition will play out.

"He's got an idea on who he thinks is going to start," Clemens said in response. "I don't know who that is. I hope it's me."

--Just over one week after the Jets released QB Brett Favre from the reserve/retired list, rumors were flying that Favre wants to come out of retirement and join Minnesota. Reports Thursday night indicated Favre may indeed remain retirered.

The link made some sense, considering that apparently was his goal all along last year when he requested a trade from Green Bay. Instead, he had to settle for the Jets.

The Jets as an organization have been mum on the Favre subject. If the Jets had retained his rights, they could have attempted to trade him if he came off the reserve/retired list. However, they also would've had to make room for his $13 million on their salary cap, which would have caused problems.

GM Mike Tannenbaum released a statement, saying, "As I've said in the past, Brett will be a friend of the Jets for years to come. I appreciate his contributions and wish him well in whatever he decides to do."

The Jets fans probably don't like him as much as you do, Mike.

--The Jets haven't denied their potential interest in troubled former Giant WR Plaxico Burress, who could be facing prison time for a gun-possession charge. Of course, if they want to try to sign him, they'll have to wait until he finds out if he'll have to do prison time.

LG Alan Faneca, a former teammate of Burress' at Pittsburgh, wouldn't have a problem being on the same team with him again.

"Plax is Plax and you hear that a lot," said Faneca. "He's going to do some things that some people, if you don't know a guy, you don't know where he's coming from ... He just says things.

"But as a teammate you know who he is and what he's about and what he puts together in the weight room and on the field. ... My experience with Plax was nothing but good."

--Reserve QB Erik Ainge has returned to the Jets after missing several weeks of conditioning, plus voluntary minicamp, because of personal reasons.

"I was away dealing with a private matter. That's all that I can say," said Ainge, who declined to get into any specifics, although he did indicate the matter is behind him.

Ainge, who likely will compete for the No. 3 job, knows he has some catching up to do.

"I'm not exactly where I want to be yet," he said. "I'm getting better every day. The strength and conditioning program is awesome here. Every day that I come, I get better. I have felt really good throwing. It's just a matter of staying in the books and taking it one day at a time, working out and all that kind of stuff."

"There's nothing I can do about the time I missed," he added. "All I can do is take advantage of the time I have ahead of me and take advantage of today."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's pressure. It's a lot of pressure. But you've just got to be relaxed and be humble about the whole situation." -- CB Darrelle Revis on whether there is added pressure when a trades up to select a player in the first round, as was done with him (in 2007) and Mark Sanchez.



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