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Quarterbacks Continue to Struggle

On the second day of camp, neither quarterback distinguished himself.

In non-Kris Jenkins news from the morning practice, veteran QB Kellen Clemens looked good for most of the workout but then threw two interceptions near the end, both to SS Jim Leonhard on back-to-back passes near the end of practice, both in 11-on-11 play. 

Clemens finished a combined 6-for-13 in 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills, while Mark Sanchez was 4-for-11 with one pick, to S Eric Smith in 9-on-9. [Smith, of course, had 5 INTs during the June mini-camp.] Clemens had a 60-yard TD to Leon Washington out of the backfield and 40-yard completion on a deep middle route to Jerricho Cotchery, who made a terrific catch in between FS Kerry Rhodes and CB Lito Sheppard. [BTW, the 9-on-9s use only three OL instead of five, and is a drill offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer hasn't used since 2006. Of course, King Brett probably wouldn't have wanted anything out of his comfort zone last year.]

What Clemens did is not going to be good enough to win the job. The other guy is the franchise. Kellen has to show he is far and away the best option, a potential breakout star against a rookie. Sanchez will be the starter even if Clemens plays slightly better but not spectacularly.

At this early point, the worst scenario has played out. Sanchez is ahead because nobody is standing out.