In response to a question about entering his fourth year, Sanchez acknowledged he was aware of Giants QB Eli Manning's stats in his fourth year and it can be a make-or-break season for a quarterback.
He also said he understands there are certain players that are always going to be compared and tied to each other, and in his case, it's Manning.
In their third years, the statistics for Manning and Sanchez are intriguingly similar. In 2006 (his third season), Manning completed 301 out of 522 passes for a completion percentage of 57.7. He had 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. In Sanchez's third year in 2011, he completed 308 out of 543 passes for a completion percentage of 56.7. He had 26 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
"You've just got to keep your head down and keep working," Sanchez said. "It's a marathon, not a sprint."
As for Tebow, he's working to get a complete handle on the offense. Though the Wildcat has not yet made an appearance in practice, it will.
As for his ultimate role, Tebow said, "I just look forward to whatever opportunities I get. I have fun doing anything out there."
Sanchez was enthusiastic about Tebow.
"This guy can move," he said. "He's elusive in the pocket."
Tebow laughed when asked about his shirtless run on Saturday.
"I didn't think all y'all would be filming it and taking pictures," he said.
Tebow said that taking his shirt off at the end of practice is nothing new -- it just never got any attention before.
He said he did it this time because he had been standing in the rain for hours and the shirt weighed "about 20 pounds."
Sanchez said players ribbed Tebow a bit, but he wouldn't specify details. Sanchez also pointed out that he received his fair share of taunting after his GQ layout during his rookie year.
Sanchez then poked fun at his third-string QB saying, "I'm sure Greg (McElroy) will have something to say about it."
McElroy famously went on the radio after the end of last year, his rookie season, which he
spent on injured reserve, and expounded on all of the issues that had gone on with the team, much to the annoyance of many members of the Jets organization.
Sanchez said he's been pleased with the fast-paced tempo in practice and hopes it will translate to games.