Mark Sanchez understands new role

There is no debate: Nick Foles is the No. 1 quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mark Sanchez knew that when he chose to sign with the Eagles in the offseason. Once a longtime starter for the New York Jets, Sanchez is competing with Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne to be the backup for Foles.

“I don’t lose sleep over it,” Sanchez told the Delaware County Daily Times. “It’s not a big deal. I’m doing everything I can to help this team. If my role is going to be to help Nick get ready for the season, help Nick to get ready for Week One, preseason games, I’m going to be ready to do whatever they need me to do.”

Sanchez had quite a bit of success with the Jets, winning four playoff games in his first two seasons. But he also endured some tough times, difficult losses and a shoulder injury.

He’s healthy and ready for a fresh start with the Eagles.

“Everything that happened there, good, bad, ugly, I don’t care,” Sanchez told the Daily Times. “It was an awesome time. But I’m an Eagle now. I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed. And that’s the way I’m approaching it.”

Working with Foles at OTAs has been a positive experience for Sanchez.

“I’m competing against myself,” Sanchez told the Daily Times. “I’m competing against the defense. The quarterbacks are competing against each other in the weight room, in the classroom, on the field.

"It’s nice to be with somebody like Nick who really works hard, who wants to compete, who wants to throw a couple extra after practice. I mean that’s just the kind of guy he is. That kind of attitude is contagious. Having four guys that are really that same mentality, that want to get in, that want to take reps, that want to throw, it’s awesome for us.”