Sanchez: Never felt this good

May, 10, 2012
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Mark Sanchez reported to the Jets' off-season program in the best shape of his life.

"I feel great," he said Thursday. "This is probably the best I've felt coming into a season."

That's a no-brainer.

After the 2009 season, he underwent knee surgery and spent most of the offseason in rehab. After the 2010 season, he almost needed surgery to repair torn cartilage in his throwing shoulder, opting instead for rest and rehab.

Sanchez suffered a pinched nerve in his neck last season, causing occasional "stingers," but he healed with no medical procedures. He worked with his personal trainer in Southern California, adding five pounds of muscle to his now-230-pound frame. You can see his upper body is slightly more defined than in the past.

"I pushed myself to get a little stronger, a little thicker, maintaining my agility and speed," he said.

DeVITO GLAD TO BE BACK: DE Mike DeVito said he harbors no bitterness toward the team for drafting DE Quinton Coples in the first round and, subsequently, forcing him to take a $610,000 pay cut for 2012. DeVito will have a reduced role for the coming season, the final year of his contract.

"I'm just grateful to be here," DeVito said. "Nothing is guaranteed in this business, or in life."

DeVito endorsed the decision to draft Coples, who likely will start in his spot.

"I'm glad we got him," he said. "He's a great player, a dynamic player, a guy that can add a lot to the defense. I'm excited to have him as a teammate."

SHOULDERING ON: LG Matt Slauson, who underwent major shoulder surgery after the season, said he's making excellent progress. He hasn't participated in drills, but he's been working on the blocking sled and blocking bags. He expects to be ready for training camp.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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