For the first time since his rookie season, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez enters a season having to fight for his job. But Sanchez said he is undeterred by the team's quarterback competition and ready to compete for the starting quarterback job.
"My heart and soul is into this thing," Sanchez said Monday in a conference call with reporters. "I was just excited to see a bunch of guys on the team again and get ready to get going. That's really where my head's at. I'm fired up about this year and I hope it's a good one."
The Jets began voluntary offseason workouts Monday.
Sanchez is coming off a brutal 2012 season when he had 26 turnovers and lost his starting job near the end of the 6-10 season. The fifth-year quarterback said he has not lost his confidence despite the way it looked last year.
"I think we all looked like players that lost a lot of games," Sanchez said. "But your confidence never wavers. I'm confident we're going to go out and win every time we play. I'm confident I'm going to go out and complete the ball and if it doesn't happen then you try to fix it."
The Jets signed veteran David Garrard to challenge Sanchez for the starting job. Greg McElroy, who started one game last season, could also be involved. Tim Tebow did show up at offseason workouts on Monday, but is expected to be cut soon.
Sanchez was rumored to be part of the Darrelle Revis trade talks last week, but he said he is not worried about that. Despite the struggles of last year, Sanchez said he is glad he remains a Jet.