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Sanchez and Rookies Join Vets at OTA


We can't get into much detail today about the just-concluded OTA session, but we can confirm that first-round draft choice Mark Sanchez did make it cross-country one more time — he's almost been commuting from LAX to EWR since before the draft — and practiced as expected with the Jets veterans and his fellow rookies.

And practice he did. Sanchez, wearing his No. 6 in red, worked for the hour-and-a-half practice and then continued for some individual postpractice work with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

The former Southern Cal QB, who graduated on Friday, wasn't the only one to hang late after practice. This list isn't exhaustive, but others working overtime included Kellen Clemens, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Wallace Wright, Marques Murrell and Brian Schaefering.

The defensive linemen and linebackers got some extra tutoring from a guest coach. Chuck Smith, the rock-steady DE starter for the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of the Nineties, was providing some pointers for the Jets' D-linemen new and old. Smith visited Baltimore's camps last season when coach Rex Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

That's all we can report from today's Organized Team Activity. The Jets will have another "dark" practice Tuesday, rest Wednesday, then come back with an OTA with full media availability Thursday. That will be Sanchez's and the rookies' first practice with the vets in front of reporters holding pads, pens, cameras and microphones.

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