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Quarterback Rankings: ESPN's Clayton -- Eli Manning No. 5, Mark Sanchez No. 23

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Eli Manning is No. 5 in John Clayton's quarterback rankings, while Mark Sanchez is No. 23.

Aug. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Aug. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL quarterback rankings released Thursday by John Clayton on ESPN are predictable when it comes to New York signal-callers. Eli Manning of the Giants is ranked No. 5 by Clayton, and Mark Sanchez of the Jets is ranked No. 23.

The quarterbacks ranked ahea dof Manning, who now has two Super Bowl titles (and MVPs)? Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay), Tom Brady (New England), Drew Brees (New Orleans), Ben Roesthlisberger (Pittsburgh).

It is hard to argue with any of those, although you could easily swap Manning and Roethlisberger.

New York Jets fans, though, should pay close attention to where Sanchez is ranked. There is not one established quarterback in the league ranked below the Jets starter.

The only QBs below Sanchez?

Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Christian Ponder (Vikings), Matt Flynn/Russell Wilson (Seattle), Kevin Kolb/John Skelton (Arizona), Jake Locker (Tennessee), Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brandon Weeden (Cleveland), Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville).

Not an established quarterback in the bunch. And not a good sign for the Jets.

These are meaningless, actually, but they are also telling when it comes to indicating exactly how experts feel about New York's starting quarterbacks.