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QB Mark Sanchez - Philadelphia Eagles

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

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2015 Week 12 vs DET (19 / 27 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

It was rough day for Sanchez. His offensive line couldn't keep the Lions' defense off of him. He was sacked six times and turned the ball over once on a fumble. His final stat line is actually quite impressive considering the environment. He completed over 70 percent of his passes and tossed a pair of touchdowns in the process. The first score came on their third series. After a big catch-and-run by Trey Burton that set up the Eagles deep in Lions' territory, Sanchez rolled right and found Brent Celek, who was able to fight his way into the endzone. But Sanchez and Co. wouldn't even so much as sniff the endzone again until late in the fourth quarter. In true garbage time fashion, he stood tall in the pocket and hit Jordan Matthews for a 24-yard strike and score. All things being equal, Sanchez played well and was the least of the Eagles problems.

2015 Week 11 vs TB (26 / 41 / 261 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)

The Good. The Bad. The Sanchez. Chip Kelly's group came into Sunday favored by 6.5 points and got blown out by four times that amount. Three interceptions certainly didn't help. But this was a clinic on how not to play defense and how not to respond offensively when your defense is getting pummeled on the ground and shredded through the air. The unfortunate thing about an ugly, terrible loss like this one is how good the Eagles looked to open the game. They strung together a series of five first downs off the opening kickoff in route to a score and a seven point lead. All this despite DeMarco Murray fumbling the ball on his first carry of the game. The Buccaneers would then proceed to rattle off 21 unanswered points and ultimately take a 28-14 lead into a halftime. It was in the second half that the Eagles defense would be exposed. The Buccaneers put together a 9:47 touchdown drive and held Sanchez and Co. out of the endzone for the rest of the game. The Eagles offense had no chance of recovering and looked like a different team than what took the field to open the game. They managed only 10 first downs in the second half and a lopsided time of possession and turnover battle. In the end, it was a horrible showing for a home team in a battle for the NFC East. They've now lost two of their last three games and there's not much to suggest that things are going to get better anytime soon.

2015 Week 10 vs MIA (14 / 23 / 156 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

In relief of Bradford, Mark Sanchez got his first action of the season. Under his control, the Eagles would only score three more points. On his first play, he dumped off to Ryan Mathews who was able to turn up the field for 17 yards. Things got messy from there. Sanchez had problems at the mesh point when attempting handoffs, and even tripped up DeMarco Murray on one attempt. He wasn't on the same page with his receivers, often throwing to open areas of the field where no one was, or throwing at the backs of his receivers when they weren't looking. But most of that can be excused by limited or no practice reps with the first team offense. Given the situation, he played well and kept his team in the game. Chip Kelly immediately went to a read-option approach and Sanchez responded positively. He kept plays alive with his legs when plays broke down. He looked sharp in the pocket when the protection was there. With his first possession of the fourth quarter, he navigated the offense into scoring position and would have regained the lead on beautiful touchdown pass to Ertz on a rollout off of play-action. Unfortunately, the score was erased by offsetting penalties and the Eagles settled for a field goal. Late in the game, setup with great field position, Sanchez completed three passes on three attempts to chew up 32 yards and moved into scoring position down by one point. On second down at the nine yard line, Sanchez stared down Miles Austin and tossed an ugly interception. He had an opportunity to win the game with 1:40 remaining. After three straight incompletions, which included Austin not looking for a pass, and two drops by other receivers, Sanchez failed to throw the fourth down pass beyond the first down marker. All things being equal, with a full week of practice he might just give this offense a spark should Bradford miss time.


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