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Santonio Holmes: 'Mark Sanchez is New York Jets starting quarterback'

Holmes: 'Sanchez is Jets starter'
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New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes says that the team will be sticking with quarterback Mark Sanchez for the time being.

Santonio Holmes has backed Mark Sanchez to keep his role as starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

The 26-year-old lost his place to Greg McElroy towards the end of the 2012 season, and now faces competition from second-round Draft pick Geno Smith.

The wide receiver told NBC Sports: "Right now, it's Sanchez, and that's who we're going with and we're going to continue on this road until time permits.

"I didn't get a chance to play with [recently-released quarterback] Tim Tebow, so I can't fully express myself on the situation. That one I'm going to leave unanswered, I have no answer for that one.

"I want to be here for the long-term, and if it means helping out the team, I'm going to continue helping out the team in any way possible."

Holmes missed the majority of last year after sustaining a Lisfranc injury during the fourth week of the season.

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