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Can Wallace Wright Become Mark Sanchez's Favorite Target?

While nobody has staked a claim to be the clear favorite as the number two receiver, Dave Hutchinson says Wallace Wright and Mark Sanchez are getting very comfortable working together.

Finally, the spotlight may find Wright as he has quietly emerged as Sanchez's go-to guy. He has had a strong training camp and capped off the first week of practice with three catches for 23 yards in the annual Green and White scrimmage on Thursday evening at SUNY-Cortland stadium.


The Jets are desperate for a No. 2 receiver behind Jerricho Cotchery and slot man Chansi Stuckey. The battle is between Brad Smith, David Clowney, rookie Britt Davis and Wright. The club may yet sign a veteran.

In the end, pass-catching tight end Dustin Keller may end up as a second wide receiver of sorts, but coach Rex Ryan would prefer someone else. He said he's waiting for someone to step up, although he thinks the Jets ''can get by with what we have.''

Wright, 6-1, 197 pounds, is a solid route-runner with good hands. He made an instant connection with Sanchez at the Jets' June minicamp when were on the second team. That chemistry has carried over to training camp.

How can you not root for a guy like this? He's had so much to overcome. He walked on at North Carolina. He didn't get drafted. He has only stuck in this league because of how seriously he takes the grunt work on special teams. We haven't seen much of him at receiver, but this could be the classic example of a guy making the most of a fresh start with a new coach. After three years of sitting him on the bench, would Eric Mangini really be giving Wright this much of a look?