Thursday, June 7, 2012

Holmes, Tebow to attend Jets West, but not media


This summer, fourth-year Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be running "Jets West," his voluntary offseason 'bonding' camp for Jets quarterbacks and skill players, for the third year in a row.

Santonio Holmes, who attended the first year but not last season due to his contract situation, and new backup quarterback-slash-media sensation Tim Tebow will be on the scene in Southern California.

"It’s great. Those guys expect each other to be there," Sanchez said of what he expects to be full participation at Jets West, according "They expect it to be a good learning process just like I do. I’m glad they put the effort out and really understand how important that is to me."

Sanchez and the rest of the crew, however, decided to keep the media out of the equation this time around.

"We kicked it around with some of the guys and we just wanted it to be our thing," Sanchez said. "We wanted it to stay within us, get a chance to get away from everything, focus on ball and relax. We know you guys want to be there and we appreciate it, but not this time."

Sanchez was asked about speculation that he wouldn't invite Tebow to the camp because of the perceived quarterback competition. "That's ridiculous," Sanchez said.

As for Holmes, the sixth-year wideout looks forward to the opportunity to mesh with the newcomers and re-build chemistry with Sanchez.

“It would have been a three-year thing had I not been dealing with the contract dispute my sixth year in the league,” Holmes said, according to ESPN New York. “But being out, I think is going to give the younger guys a sense of security knowing that we have our veterans we have, our leader here with us who's going to be helping us get on the same page, and I think all of us doing the same thing at the same time is going to be a great chemistry build."

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