Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 6/2/12

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says Tim Tebow is a monster in the weight room.

Sanchez told Yahoo! Sports: "I'm doing the pull ups with the extra weight and then he does them with two kettle bells and he just powers through them. He's just an ox. He was awesome and I'm like, 'OK, I'm not at that level.' It was funny. He's just a monster. He has been a really great guy to be around."

Snap counts in OTA's show that Sanchez is the starter with no quarterback controversy going on...for now.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports spoke with Sanchez about the upcoming season:

Cole: So what happened with your footwork?

Sanchez: I took a couple of shots early in the season and I wasn't able to lift as hard during the season as I wanted to. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an Olympic lifter. But at the same time, you need some strength. By the end of the season, I was down to 218-220 pounds and I'm usually 225-230 pounds plus. I just didn't have it. I was trying to throw too much with just my arm and my upper body, I wasn't using my legs enough and I just wasn't as sound physically as I should be and it showed.

Cole: Late in the season, there were times when you threw to the left side and it looked like the ball really sailed on you. Is that what you're talking about?

Sanchez: I'm sure that's part of it. … Right now, I'm feeling a lot stronger. I'm at 232 and it's noticeable from what I'm hearing. The coaches are saying, 'Woah, you've been working.' I've been lifting really hard with my upper body, which is something I never really had done before.

Cole: Are you being prodded by the fans, the media or even the team to see how you're going to react? This offseason has been one thing after another, from story about you and Santonio Holmes to whether the Jets were interested in Peyton Manning to the trade for Tim Tebow.

Sanchez: The whole Peyton thing was a lot bigger than I really think it was supposed to be because my agent and my brother were talking to the team about my contract the whole time while that was going on. The team was saying , 'We're not going after [Manning].' Obviously, the team doesn't always show its hand all the time. They're not going to say everything they're doing. Still, I knew in the back of my mind that the contract was getting done, so I had that in my back pocket, fine. Then the trade for Tebow happened and I just didn't really have time to think about it or worry about.

I just knew, I trust Rex. I trust the building, the people here like [Tannenbaum]. I trust this team and I know the goal is to get as many good football players as possible. This one just happens to be a quarterback and just happens to be Tim Tebow, who comes with a whole lot more than a typical backup quarterback. He can do a million things. …

Tim is making whatever he makes, he's a good leader, a great person, a hard worker and he plays quarterback and he can do other stuff. Why not go get him? Yeah, does he come with more attention than other players? Sure, but who cares? To me, if I can't handle that, I shouldn't play here.

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