Fans love to collect NFL memorabilia and autographed football jerseys during the season, but this summer looks to challenge even the most hardy football fan. There are no less than seven teams with an actual quarterback battle entering training camp. If you picked up a signed football by rookies Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford, you know all about their battles in New York and Detroit. If you’re a fan of teams in Oakland, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cleveland and Tampa Bay, you might want to hold off on getting that new NFL jersey until you see actually which of your quarterbacks is going to get the nod come kickoff weekend.
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Still in voluntary workout mode, it’s crystal clear the New York Jets have more than a few roster questions to answer before training camp. Fans and Jets memorabilia collectors were elated when the team moved up to the fifth overall selection to snag Mark Sanchez in last month’s NFL Draft. The only problem might stem from having Kellen Clemens, whose been waiting in the wings for seemingly forever, still on the team’s depth chart. After using a second round pick on Clemens in 2006, the former Oregon product has only thrown a total of 256 passes in three seasons. With Sanchez in a Jets jersey entering training camp, it’s anyone’s guess who’ll be under center come the regular season.
Staying in the backfield, the drafting of running back Shonn Greene in the third round of the aforementioned draft has apparently ruffled the feathers of half backs Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. Both are refusing to enter voluntary workouts until receiving long-term contracts. The odds seem good for Washington, after all the do-it-all speedster lead the entire NFL in total yards last season and will be entering the final year of his current contract in 2009. Even after a huge uptick in yards, touchdowns and demands for football memorabilia, the 31-year old Jones might be bracing to put on a different NFL jersey before entering training camp.