And, Tebow isn't — he's now a free agent after clearing waivers — and Sanchez believes that might help eliminate some of the distractions that marked most of last season. Sanchez said neither he nor Tebow were in the ideal situation, especially since they're at a position in which only one can be a starter.
"We both competed our best, tried to be the best of friends we could," he said. "Honestly, under different circumstances we would be really good friends. It's just hard when you're competing like that. There's just a professionalism about it that you don't get too close to guys like that. You're just professional and you're cool. If the guy's got a flat tire on the side of the road, I'm going to stop. I'm not going to just blow by him. But at the same time, I'm not sending him gifts on his birthday."
Sanchez insisted no hard feelings exist between the two, and added that he will be there for Smith when he joins the team. Rookies don't report to the facility until next week.
"If he's got a question, of course I'm not going to be a jerk," Sanchez said. "I've heard plenty of stories about guys like that. They come ask you a read on a thing and they say, 'Hey, go look at your book.'"
Garrard, signed as a free agent, is the veteran of the bunch at 35 years old, but hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2010 because of injuries. He was in line to win the Miami Dolphins' job ahead of Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill last year, but hurt a knee and ended up sitting out the entire season after he was released.
So, quarterback competitions are nothing new for Garrard.
"I've been a No. 1 quarterback before," he said. "As long as I'm healthy, as long as I'm able to continue to work with the team and don't have setbacks with my knee or my back or anything like that, then I know that I have the ability to."
He added that he isn't with the Jets to simply collect a paycheck, and doesn't believe that Sanchez's salary or Smith's high profile will play a role in who ends up being the starter in Week 1 against Tampa Bay.
"It shouldn't be any politics," Garrard said. "It should be the best guy playing. With that, if I'm going at it and I'm giving you my all and I'm healthy and you beat me at it, then that's great for the team."