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Asked if he thinks he’s a franchise QB, he said: “Yes sir. I do believe so and for a number of reasons, but the main thing is that I’m not only coming into practice, I’m going to come into work and I’m going to compete daily and I’m going to also do my best to better my teammates in order for us to win a Super Bowl.”
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New Jets GM John Idzik says: “What this means for Mark Sanchez is competition, and Mark is open to that. We’ve had discussions about that, and I think he buys into the fact that that helps him and it helps any player on our team, and as a result, it helps our team.”
1. RUNNING BACKS SCORE
A night after no running backs were taken in the first round for the first time since 1963, the second round produced five, and Alabama star Eddie Lacy (expected to be a first-rounder) wasn’t the first to go. Cincinnati gave that distinction to Gio Bernard of North Carolina with the No. 37th overall pick. Then, Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell went to Pittsburgh at No. 48, Wisconsin All-American Montee Ball went to Denver at No. 58, Lacy went to Green Bay at No. 61 and Texas A&M’s Christine Michael went to Seattle at No. 62.
The third round produced one running back _ Arkansas’ Knile Davis to Kansas City at No. 96.
Lacy, who ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, may have dropped because of concerns about his health, including a hamstring problem that prevented him from participating in the NFL combine and working out for scouts a few weeks ago.
“You can’t do anything about it,” Lacy said. “I’m just looking forward to being part of a new team and contributing as much as I can.”
1. STILL ON THE BOARD
Among notable players till on the board entering Saturday’s final four rounds are quarterbacks Matt Barkley of Southern California, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and Landry Jones of Oklahoma; running back Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina (recovering from a serious knee injury); and two starters from national champion Alabama, offensive lineman Barrett Jones and defensive tackle Jesse Williams.
1. VIKINGS STRONG
Minnesota did not have a second or third-round pick Friday night because they had a huge first round Thursday night with three picks _ DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida) at No. 23, DB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State) at No. 25 and a last-second deal with New England moved the Vikings up to snag WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) at No. 29.
“I don’t think it could’ve worked out any better for the caliber of players we got coming into our program,” Vikings GM Rick Spielman said. “I’m very excited.”
The Vikings, coming off a surprising run to the playoffs spearheaded by running back Adrian Peterson, immediately filled three of their biggest needs. A linebacker by the end of the draft and Minnesota will have hit on all cylinders.
Not bad for a team that started last season in what was expected to be a rebuilding one.
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