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Mark Sanchez | Quarterback

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
College: USC
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Mark Sanchez led workouts featuring Eagles players in San Diego last week.
Darren Sproles, Zach Ertz, Ryan Mathews and Jordan Matthews were among 11 Eagles players that shared a house and trained together. It's a version of the old "Jets West" Sanchez ran with Gang Green. Sanchez enters camp with a very steep hill to climb if he's going to win the starting job, but he has continuity on his side. Sam Bradford (ACL) has barely worked with his new teammates. Jul 13 - 10:42 AM

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Mark Sanchez has looked "substantially" better at OTAs than he did at this time last year.

Multiple members of the Eagles' beat have made this observation, including Jeff McLane of the Philly Inquirer and Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice. While Sam Bradford has been slow to recover from his second consecutive ACL tear, Sanchez has commanded the first-team offense. Coach Chip Kelly says the QB job is a legitimate competition, though Bradford remains the favorite.
Jun 8 - 5:21 PM

Mark Sanchez said his arm feels "better and stronger" another year removed from shoulder surgery.

Sanchez missed all of 2013 with a torn labrum, and he felt like that injury affected his arm strength last season. "First thing, physically, I feel so much better," Sanchez said. "The farther it gets away from surgery and all the reps I've had, all the rehab on through, it only can get better and better and stronger." Sanchez has unsurprisingly expressed a desire to start. The Eagles likely hope it will not come to that, but with Sam Bradford already struggling with his surgically repaired knee, it is possible Sanchez is forced into a starting role at some point this season.
May 30 - 1:46 PM

Mark Sanchez thinks he'll have a fair chance to beat out Sam Bradford for the starting job.

It's a nice thought, but Bradford was brought in to be the starter as long as his ACL rehab goes according to plan. It became clear Sanchez wasn't the answer late last season as he went 1-4 across the final four games, blowing the Eagles' grip on a playoff berth. Sanchez is still a decent bet to make starts this season behind one of the league's most injury-prone quarterbacks.
Source: CSN Philly
May 7 - 7:56 AM

Eagles re-signed QB Mark Sanchez to a two-year, $9 million contract.

The deal includes $5.5 million guaranteed. Sanchez can earn another $7 million in incentives. It's believed announcing Jeremy Maclin's re-signing is next on the docket for the aggressive Eagles. Sanchez, 28, finished 2014 with a 64.1 completion rate, 14:11 TD-to-INT ratio, and 7.8 YPA -- all career bests -- but got worse the more he played and shouldn't be viewed by the Eagles as more than a desperate option to start games. As Philly is likely to draft a quarterback, Sanchez's return signals that Nick Foles is on his way out, likely via trade.
Mar 8 - 7:16 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Titans are showing "decent interest" in free agent Mark Sanchez.

It's a wonder Sanchez hasn't played for Ken Whisenhunt already. Sanchez had decent success playing for manager-and-manipulator Chip Kelly in 2014, but would be a disaster waiting to happen in Tennessee. In theory, he'd be an excellent bridge/insurance policy for second-year pro Zach Mettenberger, but the odds are extremely long he'd have success with Whiz. Whiz needs future Hall-of-Famers to have success at quarterback.
Mar 8 - 5:10 PM

NJ.com reports free agent QB Mark Sanchez and the Eagles "have a strong mutual interest in reuniting next season."

The best available quarterback on the market -- which says something about the market -- Sanchez would have a better chance to start with one of the many quarterback-starved teams. Sanchez's play last season proved he was a notch below starter quality, however, and he may be happy as the backup on what should be a good team. Sanchez threw for 2418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in nine appearances for the Eagles last season.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 7 - 8:36 AM

Mark Sanchez completed 23-of-36 passes for 292 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 17 win at the Giants.

Sanchez took over as the Eagles' starter following Nick Foles' season-ending Week 9 injury. At the time, the Eagles were 6-2. It was an ideal situation for Sanchez to earn a huge payday in free agency this spring, operating Chip Kelly's quarterback-friendly scheme for a playoff-bound team. But turnovers really plagued Sanchez, who went 4-4 as a starter and threw 11 interceptions against 14 touchdowns. The tape showed that he's a notch below NFL starter caliber. Sanchez will certainly attract interest from quarterback-starved teams, but the Eagles will likely be content to roll with Foles in 2015 while bringing in other long-term options for Kelly.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Coach Chip Kelly said Mark Sanchez, not Matt Barkley, will start Week 17's meaningless finale against the Giants.

With Sanchez's one-year contract set to expire, there's been a lot of talk in Philadelphia that Barkley should start Sunday so the Eagles can see what they have. Kelly doesn't want to hear it. It's both an indictment of Barkley and affirmation that Kelly is going to play this game to win -- not evaluate. The Eagles have lost three straight games under Sanchez, getting eliminated from the playoffs while Week 1 starter Nick Foles (collarbone) continues to rehab. Foles' rookie deal is up after the 2015 season.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:23:00 AM

Mark Sanchez completed 37-of-50 passes for 374 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Saturday's Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

Sanchez also fumbled on the opening series and took three sacks. Despite the stat line, Sanchez checked down to Zach Ertz and Riley Cooper for most of the game, targeting them 25 times. Sanchez's late fourth-quarter interception set up a game-winning field for Washington and all but ends the Eagles postseason chances. The Eagles now need a Dallas loss to stay alive in the playoffs.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 08:10:00 PM

Mark Sanchez completed just 17-of-28 passes for 252 yards and two interceptions in Sunday night's Week 15 loss the Cowboys.

It was another disastrous start from Sanchez, who was sacked four times and threw two costly second-half interceptions. Nearly a third of his yards came on a short pass that Jeremy Maclin turned into a 72-yarder. Sanchez's play the last two games has the Eagles in danger of missing the playoffs. With Nick Foles a candidate to return next week, Sanchez could be relegated to backup duties.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 12:07:00 AM

Mark Sanchez struggled mightily in the Eagles' 24-14, Week 14 loss to the Seahawks, completing just 10-of-20 passes for 96 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Sanchez added a seven-yard rush. Sanchez simply didn't stand much of a chance against the Legion of Boom, as the Seahawks were ferocious near the line of scrimmage. No one on the Eagles played well, including LeSean McCoy, who lost a fumble. Sanchez's pick was a Jets-type throw that completely missed Riley Cooper in the middle of the field. Sanchez has been fairly predictable as an Eagle, shining in good matchups and struggling in tough spots. He has a nice Week 15 spot in a Cowboys team the Eagles dominated on Thanksgiving.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 20-of-29 passes for 217 yards with one touchdown in Thursday's Week 13 win over the Cowboys, adding seven carries for 28 yards and a rushing score.

Sanchez didn't have any turnovers coming off his two interceptions against the Titans. He scored on a two-yard read-option on the Eagles' opening drive, and threw a 27-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews. Sanchez is averaging 281 yards and has an 8:6 TD/INT ratio in five games (four starts). He'll be a QB2 option in Week 14 against Seattle.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 30-of-43 passes for 307 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Titans.

Sanchez was not particularly sharp, making a fistful of ill-advised throws -- two of which were picked off. But in this Chip Kelly (god of offense) scheme, it doesn't matter much. Just like Nick Foles, the sheer number of plays combined with a unique ability to get receivers open leads to big-time box scores. Sanchez has now started three games as an Eagle and produced three 300-yard days to go with five touchdowns and four interceptions during those starts. He'll be a reasonable QB1 start at Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Mark Sanchez completed 26-of-44 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Green Bay.

Sanchez was far, far worse than these numbers looked. Going into a very difficult spot in a frigid Lambeau Field, he got pick-sixed, botched an exchange with LeSean McCoy, lost a high snap and overthrew open receivers. The Eagles were down 30-6 at halftime and 39-6 midway through the third quarter. Then Sanchez got into garbage-time mode, finding his favorite target Jordan Matthews repeatedly and piling up nearly all of his numbers. Despite the shaky performance, we'd bet strongly on Sanchez bouncing back in a big way at home against the Titans in Week 12. It's an ideal spot.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 07:55:00 PM