Well, at least the Jets won't be the national center of attention when they hold their three-day mandatory minicamp at their Atlantic Health training facility in Florham Park.

That "honor" will go to the New England Patriots, who are going to sign former Jet and perennial lightning rod Tim Tebow. But even if the Jets won't draw as many reporters as their rival to the north, these practice sessions should be no less interesting.

The Jets have numerous starting positions still up for grabs on both sides of the line of scrimmage after mass defections during the off-season, including the most glamorous position on the field.

QB BATTLE CONTINUES: Rex Ryan made it clear last week that neither incumbent Mark Sanchez nor second-round pick Geno Smith has taken the lead in this derby, and the fifth-year coach hinted the competition could stretch into the preseason games in August.

Neither player has been particularly impressive in Organized Team Activities, although there are several factors working against both signal callers.

Not only are the Jets installing a new offense under new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, they have two new guards on the offensive line and the entire wide receiver corps has been plagued by injuries during the spring. That means Sanchez and Smith often have been throwing to rookie free agents.

OFFENSE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Because of all those aforementioned issues, the defense has had the upper hand during the spring. And despite the turnover on defense, with the loss of seven starters from last season, at least the holdovers there haven't had to learn a new system.