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QB Mark Sanchez - Denver Broncos

6-2, 227Born: 11-11-1986College: USCDrafted: Round 1, pick 5

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The Broncos traded for Mark Sanchez earlier this year, and there's a chance he begins the season as the starter. He has experience working in this run-heavy, play-action heavy offense from his days in college at USC. Sanchez has the desired athleticism to execute the play-fakes and bootlegs required in the Gary Kubiak system. During his time as the starter with the Jets, Sanchez led the team to two AFC Championship Games on the back of a strong defense. The Broncos have the league's best defense, so Sanchez won't be asked to do much if he is the starter. In fact, Sanchez never had a 1,000-yard receiver when he was with the Jets. Now, he's got two such WRs in star wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Even if Sanchez is the Week 1 starter, the Broncos want 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch to take over at some point this season. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 32, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33
QB Dynasty - 42, 36, 40, 45, 50

Stats and Projections

2014 PHI 9 198 309 2418 14 11 34 87 1 3
2015 PHI 4 59 91 616 4 4 6 22 0 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 11 203 330 * * * 27 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 14 229 365 * * * 23 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 8 178 275 * * * 20 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 221
QB: 30

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Latest News

Broncos | Mark Sanchez participating in drills (Tue May 24, 01:23 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) is doing just about everything the other quarterbacks are doing in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24. Sanchez isn't taking snaps under center, however.

Our View: Sanchez can't take snaps from under center right now as he's recovering from thumb surgery on his non-throwing hand. He's competing for the starting job in Denver and got off to a rough start at OTAs on Tuesday as his second pass of practice was intercepted by LB Corey Nelson.
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Broncos | Mark Sanchez hopeful for OTAs (Wed May 18, 03:52 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) is hopeful he'll be able to participate when organized team activities begin next week. Sanchez is currently recovering from surgery on his left thumb and he is encouraged by the progress of the recovery.

Our View: This could give the Broncos a nice look at Paxton Lynch to see how he can handle the offense, but we expect Sanchez to be ready long before camp and there's every chance he'll win the starting role. The last time Sanchez had a good defense and a solid run game he went to back to back AFC Championships. Even if the Broncos defense regresses, they'll keep games close and the weapons he has to pass to are better than anything he's had. However, know the Broncos want Lynch to start at some point this year. If Sanchez slips and Lynch is ready, the team will turn things over to the rook.
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Broncos | Mark Sanchez underwent surgery (Mon May 16, 03:21 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez (thumb) injured his left thumb in the weight room Thursday, May 12, and underwent surgery Saturday, May 14. He will miss a few organized team activities, according to Mike Kils of

Our View: The Broncos are already microwaving the learning curve of rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch. This injury to Sanchez is only going to give the rookie more exposure and reps in practice. The team has Trevor Siemian too, but he's just a big arm and clipboard holder. Perhaps while Sanchez is out the Broncos will sign a veteran camp arm.
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2016 Schedule

1vs Carolina Panthers
2vs Indianapolis Colts
3@ Cincinnati Bengals
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ San Diego Chargers
7vs Houston Texans
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ Oakland Raiders
10@ New Orleans Saints
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Kansas City Chiefs
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Oakland Raiders