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Steve Smith of Panthers rips Mark Sanchez: 'He sucks'

It hasn't been an easy couple of months for Mark Sanchez.

The New York Jets quarterback must fight for his job after the team drafted rookie quarterback Geno Smith -- a position battle Sanchez seems destined to lose, with most people writing him off long before training camp gets under way.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he wouldn't let New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez throw him a sandwich. (@RumfordJohnny)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says he wouldn't let New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez throw him a sandwich. (@RumfordJohnny)

Now add to the heat in Gotham a shot from Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith

"He sucks," Smith reportedly said Wednesday on WFNZ-AM. The receiver went on to add, via the Sporting News and ProFootballTalk.com, "I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich."

It's an out-of-left-field insult from a guy who never has played a snap with Sanchez. Is it a fair shot for Smith to take?

Smith has seen his share of bad quarterbacks in Carolina -- and Sanchez, admittedly, exhibits some of those traits -- but picking apart the Jets passer is easy sport here in May. Too easy.

UPDATE: Sanchez responded Thursday. USA Today's Mike Garafolo reported the quarterback said of Smith: "I wish him and his team a healthy, successful season."

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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