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Sanchez establishing himself as Jets’ leader

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Mark Sanchez has had a tumultuous offseason, one that might make most young quarterbacks question themselves.

There has been lots of criticism from fans and media, and even anonymous teammates, the New York Jets' brief flirtation with the idea of bringing in Peyton Manning — and then the biggest trade of the offseason with Tim Tebow coming to town. The presence of the NFL's most popular backup quarterback has many debating not if, but when Tebow will supplant Sanchez as the starter.

Through it all, Sanchez has been saying all the right things and his coaches and teammates have noticed. Coach Rex Ryan says he knew there would be a day when Sanchez would be looked at as a strength and not a weakness, and "that day is right now."