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Tebow meets media in first function as Jet

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tim Tebow got his first New York close-up Monday.

And the former Heisman Trophy winner for Florida handled it all with the same cool approach — smiling, polite, composed — that has won over so many fans around the country.

Speaking at the Jets' field house, because the media crush was so great — more than 200 attended — the session couldn't be held in the team's normal press room, the headline-grabbing backup QB went out of his way to play down any conflict between him and starter Mark Sanchez.

"Me and Mark have a great relationship," Tebow said. "We've been friends the past three years and have already texted back and forth."

Coach Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson were not in the building. They were at the NFL meetings in Palm Beach. There were no teammates there, either — but Tebow, acquired Wednesday from Denver, said he has spoken with several.

Meanwhile, Sanchez said Tebow's presence didn't bother him.

"I'm not worried about losing my spot," Sanchez told Newsday. "Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan have been firm on that, that I'm the starter."

DRAFT: Of the 14 teams that received compensatory picks in April's draft, the Raiders got the highest one, at the end of the third round. The Packers, Jets and Browns got four picks each.

CONCUSSIONS: Rich McKay, chairman of the league's competition committee, said concussions on kickoff returns fell by 40 percent last season after kickoffs were moved up 5 yards.

DOLPHINS: Owner Stephen Ross said he's undeterred after failing to sign Peyton Manning — and after coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher spurned Miami in the past two offseasons. "I'll do it again and again," Ross said. "I'm going to be bold. You know what, you don't lose for trying."

RAMS: Tight end Matthew Mulligan agreed to a two-year deal and Steve Smith, a former Giants receiver who caught 11 passes with the Eagles last season, signed for a year.

VIKINGS: The Minneapolis stadium bill, stalled for nearly two weeks, got a push when Mayor R.T. Rybak said he'd lined up a city council majority in support of the $975 million plan to rebuild on the site of the Metrodome.

Tebow meets media in first function as Jet 03/26/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 26, 2012 9:55pm]
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