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Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez talk QB roles

Asked about the addition of Tim Tebow to an already personality-heavy New York Jets team, Dustin Keller summed it up appropriately:

"For one, he brings more media into the locker room -- as if that's possible," Keller told the New York Post on Thursday. The tight end called it "an honor" to answer repeated questions about perhaps the most panted-over backup quarterback of all time.

Keller laughed as he spoke, and he's wise to keep his sense of humor. Thursday was a mere sample of what's ahead. Sixty-plus minutes of player access inside the Jets' facility brought a horde of media types. It was no mystery what pulled them in.

Timothy Richard Tebow stirs the masses, and that won't change, but Keller told The Star-Ledger that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez remains the unquestioned leader of this team.

When Sanchez spoke, he described his backup "as advertised," and admitted: "I'm not sick of the (Tebow) questions, but it's only May."

At last, Tebow finally waltzed in, asked right away how it feels to be a backup after guiding the Denver Broncos to the playoffs last season. 

"It doesn't change my mind-set," Tebow said. He confirmed that he's spent every play in practice at quarterback, but remains open to everything from a role in the Wildcat to operating as punt protector: "Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it with all my heart."

Quintessential Timmy.

Here's what else we learned:

Bart Hubbuch of the Post categorized receiver Santonio Holmes as "very testy, very tense with the media today." Holmes was asked about the potential for a quarterback controversy between Sanchez and Tebow. After ending last season as one of the more notorious figures in a fractured Jets locker room, Holmes wouldn't take the bait: "No. No. I don't," he said.

Interesting comments about the transition from Brian Schottenheimer to new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano: Right tackle Wayne Hunter said Sparano is "night and day" from Schottenheimer, who ran an offense Holmes described as "a little difficult" to follow.

Hunter is determined to shore up his performance at right tackle and called himself the starter. "I was the weakest link last year. Last year I played like a rookie. This year I'll play like nine-year veteran," he said

Another nugget from Hunter: He's mended fences with Holmes after the two were seen in a shouting match in the team's final game of the season, a disturbing loss to the Dolphins.

One more Tebow item: His dog -- formerly known as "Bronco" -- has been renamed "Bronx" since the trade.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the state of your New York Jets.

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