The Facts: Clemens was considered the favorite to be the Jets' starting QB until the team traded up from No. 17 to No. 5 and took Mark Sanchez, a player they believe is the future of the franchise. While that may indeed be the case,Clemens believes his own future is now. “I’m going out this year and my expectations haven’t changed since the draft,” he said. “I fully expect to be under center opening day when we go down to Houston.”
Diehards Line:Although HC Rex Ryan has told Clemens it will be an open competition this summer for the starter's job, it's likely Sanchez's to lose. He is expected to sign a contract guaranteeing him roughly $30 million and Ryan has made it clear he'll have no problem going with the rookie if need be. We'd suggest that Clemens will have to clearly -- and we mean clearly -- outperform Sanchez in training camp and pre-season play to keep the youngster from moving ahead of him.