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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 - 33, 29, 30, 30, 31, 31, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 34, 35
QB Dynasty - 40, 39, 40, 45

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 0 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 4 51 80 * * * 6 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 8 178 275 * * * 20 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 6 131 210 * * * 12 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 234
QB: 32

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Latest News

Eagles | Acquired pick in question for Eagles? (Tue Aug 23, 02:16 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez was acquired by Denver in exchange for a conditional pick with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sanchez must make Denver's final roster in order for the Eagles to keep that pick.

Our View: If Sanchez can't win the starting job, what's the point of keeping him around? Trevor Siemian may win the starting job for the regular season as he's been pegged to start in the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka week three of the preseason. Rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch may prove to be capable of being his backup, and that makes Sanchez expendable. Not only would Denver not have to surrender a pick, they would also get $3.5 million in salary cap relief from cutting the veteran.
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Broncos | Mark Sanchez falls behind in race (Mon Aug 22, 11:10 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez has completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts in the preseason, but too many negative plays have cost him the lead in the starting quarterback competition against QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.

Our View: Fumbles and interceptions have plagued Sanchez throughout training camp and the preseason. We know you must be shocked (sarcasm). We think the QB competition in Denver comes down to Siemian vs Lynch now. There's a chance that Sanchez doesn't make the final roster.
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Broncos | Denver to give QBs equal snaps (Thu Aug 18, 03:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will start against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Aug. 20, but head coach Gary Kubiak said QB Mark Sanchez will receive the same amount of snaps during the game.

Our View: As we said earlier, they will each get about one and a half quarters of football. This should go a long way towards telling us who will be the starter next week and going forward, though if Sanchez can't beat the second-year Siemian cleanly already, you have to wonder if he can at all.
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Broncos | Denver uncertain who will start Saturday (Sun Aug 14, 10:30 AM) - Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak hasn't announced if QB Mark Sanchez or QB Trevor Siemian will start the club's second preseason game against the San Francisco Giants Saturday, Aug. 20. Each quarterback played a quarter during the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 11, and both players will continue to receive starter reps in practice on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.

Our View: It's supposed to be an open competition in Denver, but Mark Sanchez was the starter for the first preseason game even though he's not been the best QB in practice. Siemian may get quite a few looks this week in practice as the Broncos are having joint sessions with the 49ers in Denver. No matter who wins the starting job, the Broncos are going to be one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL. Any Broncos QB is only a QB3 for fantasy owners.
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Broncos | Mark Sanchez efficient in win (Fri Aug 12, 12:23 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez completed 10 of his 13 passes for 99 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a 22-0 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 11.

Our View: Sanchez looked great on the team's first drive, but the interception was classic him. He stared down Bennie Fowler and allowed the CB covering Cody Latimer to drift back and tip up the ball in coverage. The Bears picked it off and Sanchez's night was done. He still hasn't distanced himself in the competition at QB, and we expect Trevor Siemian to start next week against the 49ers.
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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