Jets rookie Sanchez ready for much-needed break

The last five months have been a whirlwind for Mark Sanchez.

In January, he announced that he was leaving USC to enter the NFL draft. In February, he attended the NFL Scouting Combine. In March and April, he worked out for NFL teams — a process that culminated with him being drafted fifth overall by the Jets. Then it was time to learn the Jets’ playbook and practice with his new teammates.

So, with the Jets holding their last mandatory minicamp this week, it’s understandable that Sanchez is looking forward to some time off before next month’s training camp. But that doesn’t mean he has nothing to do.

“I’m going to go home (to California) for a little bit just to see the family and get all of my stuff out from there and move it here,” Sanchez told reporters Tuesday. “I’m still living in a hotel, so I have to figure out my living situation. That (the off weeks) will be a good time to go do that and take a little time off myself, just relax for about a week because it’s going to be a long season. It’s going to be a grind, especially for a rookie. I’m excited about it, and I’ll be ready to go come camp time.”

Come camp time, all eyes will be on Sanchez’s competition with Kellen Clemens for the Jets’ starting QB job. Even though they’re vying for the same spot, Sanchez said Clemens has been a big help to him so far this offseason.

“He’s helping me along the way and making sure I improve every practice,” Sanchez said of Clemens. “As soon as we get on the field, we’re very competitive. That’s going to make us both better individually and then the team better from that, so it’s great.”

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