CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Mark Sanchez wants to be like Eli Manning.
And so far, the New York Jets quarterback is right on track. He'll need one terrific finish to his fourth NFL season to keep pace, though. Super Bowl or bust? Not quite, but the pressure's on -- and Sanchez knows it.
"This whole thing is a learning process, and it really is a marathon and not a sprint," Sanchez said after training camp practice Monday. "So, just keep your head down, keep working, smile, and have a good time with it."
The similarities through the New York quarterbacks' first three NFL seasons are unmistakable: Doubts from fans and media that they could ever truly lead their franchise. Struggles on the field. The immense pressure of playing in New York.
Sanchez knows all this and has worked hard in the offseason, perhaps spurred on even more by the presence of Tim Tebow as his backup quarterback. One day this spring, Sanchez was curious and decided to see just how closely he and the Giants quarterback compare through their first three seasons.
* Sanchez: 9,209 yards passing with 55 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in 47 games -- with four road playoff wins.
* Manning: 8,049 yards passing with 54 TDs and 44 INTs in 41 games -- with two playoff losses.
Oh, and their quarterback ratings? Exactly the same at 73.2.
Meanwhile, Tebow's biggest highlight came after a shirtless run in the rain after practice Saturday, something he was stunned became such a big story. Tebow is the most popular player on the team, and says the immense scrutiny that comes with that can be a challenge at times.
"Sometimes it is if you just want to go to a movie, 'The Dark Knight' or something," Tebow said. "It's something you have to think about and plan for. It's not like I get frustrated doing it. It's just sometimes you just want to relax and be normal, because that's how I view myself."
In reality, Tebow is anything but normal. His star status goes far beyond the football field, not only because of his accomplishments as a player, but also his strong Christian beliefs, humble approach and good looks. That's why the Internet went wild Saturday as photos and videos were shown just about everywhere of his bare-chested run. A few days later, it was still a topic of conversation.
* CARDINALS LOOKING TO EXTEND WASHINGTON'S CONTRACT: Darryl Washington enters his third season with the Arizona Cardinals as a critical cog at the heart of a defense that is supposed to be the team's strength.
He is also the next target for a contract extension by the team's front office. General manager Rod Graves says Washington is the kind of player the team wants to have around for a long time. Washington also wants an extension and says his agent and the Cardinals have talked, although no offer has been made.
Washington was the Cardinals' runaway leader last season in tackles with 107 and solo tackles with 95.
* BRONCOS, CLADY CALL OFF CONTRACT TALKS: Ryan Clady won't be breaking the bank anytime soon.
The Denver Broncos and the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle who will protect Peyton Manning's blind side ended talks Monday on a contract extension until after the 2012 season.
John Elway told The Denver Post that negotiations hit an impasse. So, Clady will make $3.5 million this season. The Broncos had reportedly offered the fifth-year pro $50 million over five years with $28 million guaranteed.
In free agency next year, Clady and his agent, Pat Dye, can seek a deal more in line with Cleveland's Joe Thomas, whose deal averages $11.5 million a season, although the Broncos could put the franchise tag on him.
Clady has started every game in his career and played in his second Pro Bowl last season.
* COLTS COACH GIVES STEELERS FAN ANDREW LUCK JERSEY: Colts safety Tom Zbikowski spotted the Steelers jersey in the front row right away .A few minutes later, he asked first-year coach Chuck Pagano to take care of the offensive sight.
Armed with a new Andrew Luck jersey and an ultimatum, Pagano enticed 24-year-old Anderson native Zach Simmons to make the smart decision -- changing his shirt so he could stick around for the rest of Monday afternoon's training camp practice. Yes, the Steelers-Ravens rivalry now includes a handful of former Ravens in Indianapolis.
"He (Zbikowski) saw it and said, 'Look Coach we got to do something about that,"' Pagano said. "I went over there. He's a huge (Bruce) Arians fan, obviously, and Mewelde Moore. So with a little bit of coaching and a brand new Andrew Luck jersey, I said, 'Look, you've got to put this jersey on. If you do it, you get to stay, if not we've got to escort you out of here."'
Arians, the Colts' new offensive coordinator, and Moore, a running back, are former Steelers.
It's the latest twist in one of the NFL's hottest rivalries and one that these ex-Ravens simply can't let go of yet.
On Monday, it was all in good fun. On Aug. 19, it will be serious business as the new Colts face Pittsburgh in a nationally televised preseason game.
Simmons said there was a simple explanation for his attire at Anderson University, a Division III school about 30 miles northeast of the Colts' team headquarters and a world away from Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
* GIANTS CB TERRELL THOMAS RE-INJURES HIS RIGHT KNEE: Projected starting cornerback Terrell Thomas has re-injured his surgically repaired right knee and his status for the New York Giants' season is uncertain.
Thomas was sent to the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York Monday after reporting that he had swelling in his right knee. An MRI and an examination by Dr. Russell Warren, the team orthopedic surgeon, showed that the five-year veteran suffered another injury to the knee involving the ACL.
He tore his ACL for the second time in a preseason game last season and missed the Giants' Super Bowl season. He slipped in practice on Sunday covering receiver Domenik Hixon and that seems to be when he re-injured it.
Ronnie Barnes, the Giants senior vice president of medical services, said that Thomas probably would have arthroscopic surgery to determine the extent of the new injury.