Rex Ryan said that Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow are co-existing well heading into the team’s first public practice with both quarterbacks on the roster.
He insisted, as he has since the outset, that Tebow will be No. 2 on the depth chart and that fans wouldn’t see him rotating in with the starters.
“We’ll see, I would think there may be times when he does that, but right now he’ll be with the two’s,” Ryan said.
A team spokesman clarified that those ‘times’ Ryan was referring to are specific to special Wildcat-type formations. And for now, the team is still in the process of installing their base offense. Though Ryan said that the Jets have run a few direct snap plays for Tebow, there is still a heavy focus on the regular offense.
“We’re primarily focusing now on getting the base offense in,” Ryan said. “Some of the specialty plays you would have in the Wildcat, we really haven’t focused on it yet.”
Ryan also took the opportunity to reiterate his confidence in the Tebow trade.
“We were the only people that ever had a problem with it, it seems like. We look at it as we’re adding a good football player, which we did. Is he behind Sanchez on the depth chart? Yes.
“He brings so much more to the table, obviously we talked about the Wildcat deal, we talked about the personal protector, he’s replacing a guy that I love in Brad Smith and everybody knows that and we were very effective running the Wildcat and he’s basically replacing Brad in that role. He’s also your No. 2 quarterback and personal protector as is Brad Smith.”
He added: “I think with us, we’re going to be ourselves and Tim is a very popular player obviously, a popular person and I think that’s a good thing. Everyone wants to focus on the negative. I look at it as he’s a good football player and a heckuva person. I don’t know where that’s a problem for any team and especially for us. We like the fact that he’s on our team.”
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After seeing LaRon Landry yesterday, Ryan said he was pleased at how ahead of schedule the safety was in his rehab.
“He’s way ahead of where our trainers thought he would be,” Ryan said. “He thought it was best that he work out with people familiar with him and things, and we kind of worried about that a little bit but it’s a real positive, he’s come back and he’s done a lot of work there so that was some good news.
“I saw him running in the back of the end zone and that was encouraging, we just have to be smart these next couple days so that he doesn’t overdo things. He’s on the right track and I feel good about it.”
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Will not practice: TE Brian Lithicum (quad), WR Pat Turner (hamstring), WR Jordan White (broken foot), DT Marcus Dixon (calf) and S Landry (Achilles/heel).
Limited: TE Jeff Cumberland (recovery from Achilles injury), Brandon Moore (hip), WR DaMarcus Ganaway (hamstring), G Matt Slauson (shoulder), OLB Bryan Thomas (Achilles, labrum tear) — will do passing drills only, WR Stephen Hill (hamstring) — individual drills only, RB Bilal Powell (hamstring), WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring), DE Quinton Coples (low back).
Monitored: WR Royce Pollard (hamstring), WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (hamstring), K Nick Folk (hamstring).