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Mark Sanchez 'fired up' for fresh start with N.Y. Jets

If Mark Sanchez is concerned his days are numbered as starting quarterback of the New York Jets, he sure didn't sound like it on Monday.

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Speaking to reporters on a conference call on the first day of voluntary workouts, Sanchez said he was "fired up" about a new year and was looking forward to competing for the starting job.

Sanchez brushed off a recent report linking him to the Darrelle Revis trade talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I just heard it from people around and ... I don't know," Sanchez said. "I don't know what to say. That's more an upstairs question, so I'm not really worried about that."

Sanchez gave a concise, "No," when asked if any member of the team provided clarification on the Bucs report.

As for the team's impending quarterback competition, Sanchez said he welcomes the challenge. He said his priority right now was learning a new playbook under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhenwig. He called his recent training sessions with Jeff Garcia "a great help and a great jump start."

The questioning eventually turned to Revis, because, of course it did. Sanchez first called it an "upstairs question" before briefly addressing the situation.

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"It's not my call," Sanchez said. "I think he's a great player. I love him as a teammate, I love him as a friend. I don't make those decisions."

Sanchez will be given every opportunity to hold off David Garrard in camp. Money talks, and Sanchez is due $8.75 million in 2013.

That reality -- coupled with past accomplishments, however distant they might now seem -- gives Sanchez an early advantage.

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