Mark Sanchez has always entered training camp as the No. 1 quarterback.
Not this year.
And he understands the situation perfectly.
“I didn't put too much time into thinking about it,” Sanchez told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I was ready to get to a new place after I was released. This looked like the best opportunity to come in and play as hard as I can and help the team. I am excited I am with this quarterback group. I think there is a ton of talent.”
Sanchez, 27, worked with the second-team offense during organized team activities (OTAs) last week.
Sanchez had a tough season with the New York Jets and was eventually placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury last year. He had surgery and is now healthy and looking forward to a new start with the Eagles.
“I was drawn here because of the offensive minds here,” Sanchez told the Daily News. “I think the kind of team that we are here, on the rise, I think what they did last year was just the tip of the iceberg if we continue to work and continue to improve. That was the real enticing thing.”
Eagles coach Chip Kelly runs a fast-paced offense, which is still being soaked up by Sanchez.
“They expect you to blink fast, and think fast, move fast, react to things, anticipate,” Sanchez said. “It is fun. It feels like a fastbreak. It feels like when Steve Nash was running with the Suns, dishing the ball. That's the way they view their quarterback. You have to be able to run it a little bit. You have to be able to know when you're being blocked, who's hot, and get rid of the ball. Be the point guard, dish it out and roll.”