Sanchez on Competition: Everyone Wants To Be The Starter


Entering the 2014 season, Mark Sanchez had completed 55.1 percent of his 1,867 career pass attempts. He finished all four of his seasons with the New York Jets with completion percentages between 53 and 57 percent. Then, in 2015 with the Eagles, Sanchez’s efficiency spiked to the tune of a 64.1 completion percentage, while his yards per attempt also jumped from a career 6.5 mark to 7.8 in 2015.And, as Sanchez described following Thursday’s Organized Team Activity, “that was with a crappy arm.”It was no surprise, then, that Sanchez chose to return to the Eagles as a free agent this offseason. With a year’s worth of experience in Chip Kelly’s offense and another year removed from the shoulder surgery that put him on the shelf for the 2013 season and affected his arm strength for the early part of 2014, Sanchez expects to be even better in 2015.”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. So this is definitely the best I’ve ever felt. And then as far as the scheme, every rep, every time we sit down and watch film, every meeting, that can only help my growth as well.”Were there other opportunities? Absolutely. Did they look potentially good, better, similar, maybe worse? Potentially, yeah, there was some stuff out there. But when I factored it all in, I just felt like this was the best spot for me. I enjoy playing for coach Kelly, I love this system, I love the tempo, I love the pace and, like I said, I’m coming off an injury and I threw the highest completion percentage of my career, so why try and change it now? Let’s plug back in and see what happens. That’s what I’m excited about.”

Source: Bo Wulf of philadelphiaeagles.com

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