Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:18pm
On Tuesday, Jets QB David Lee held court and talked mostly about QB Geno Smith’s progress as he enters his second season. Smith’s preseason is done, after three games, because starters don’t play in the fourth and final preseason game, Thursday at the Eagles.
Smith has officially been named the starter, at least for Week 1 against Oakland. Throughout this summer, teammates have raved about the progress they see in his composure and confidence.
Lee loves all of that. But most of all, he just wanted to see Smith stop giving the ball away. He threw 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions last season, and lost four fumbles. Couple that with Mark Sanchez’s 26 turnovers in both 2011 and 2012, and the Jets’ primary quarterbacks over the past three seasons have committed 77 turnovers.
Through three preseason games, Smith threw just one interception – and it appeared to stem from a miscommunication with receiver David Nelson.
“That’s probably been the No. 1 most encouraging thing, is he’s secured the ball in the pocket,” Lee said. “He’s had two hands on the ball, he’s working with two hands on the ball as he’s escaping the pocket and (he’s) moving and sliding. Just his ball security has been a gigantic (improvement). And that’ll be the biggest turnaround thing for us, if he just takes care of the ball and doesn’t get it knocked loose. So that’s a good observation. That’s the big thing he’s improved.”
Smith didn't turn the ball over the Jets final two games last season, which were both victories. He's ranked just 28th on our list and isn't getting a lot of draft day action. The Jets will likely be a run-first team for one reason and the turnover threat is another. We still project Smith for more INTs than TDs. He may have some limited value in some certain matchups. But it appears he's making strides to fix the turnover issues from last year.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:55am
Of all the bubble players on the Eagles’ 90-man roster, none may have boosted his chance of making the team more than WR Arrelious Benn.
With Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin sidelined Friday, Benn saw significant snaps and came up with two of the Eagles’ most dynamic plays against the Patriots in their 42-35 preseason loss at Gillette Stadium (see Instant Replay).
In the second quarter he blocked a punt that the Eagles' offense converted into its first touchdown. On the next drive, Benn caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez that tied the game at 21-21.
“He’s a good player. He’s a great player,” defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones, a 2012 first-round pick, said. “He’s very athletic. He’s faster than I thought. I feel like he’s more of a skill player than anything. He runs his routes very well. I’ve had the opportunity to cover him for these two days of practice, and he’s been a handful.”
Ertz even shined in a rare joint walkthrough that featured a round of red-zone 7-on-7s in pads. With the second-string offense, Mark Sanchez connected with Ertz on three straight touchdowns, each tightly covered and with Ertz using his size or an elusive move to create separation.
“He’s a good tight end, an athletic guy, stretches the field,” Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty said. “Really, I think, understands how to get open against good defenses. That’s always good work when you can go against good tight ends. They have a bunch of them. At the safety position we got some pretty good work going against them the past two days.”
Snaps are the only real thing standing in Ertz's way. He is still behind Brent Celek since Celek is a better blocker, but Ertz will make his presence felt in the passing game. He has top 5 potential if he can work his way into starter's snaps.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 11:41am
Eagles QB Mark Sanchez took Chip Kelly‘s offense out for a test drive Friday night, and looked right at home at the controls.
It was his first game action since December of 2012. An injury to his throwing shoulder last preseason required surgery and sidelined him for the entire year. He was released by the Jets and quickly picked up by the Eagles this offseason, and got to work on learning a new system while continuing to rehab the arm. Given the circumstances, it’s noteworthy that he was able to perform at a pretty high level Friday night in Chicago.
He finished 7-of-10 for 79 yards (93.3 rating) and led a pair of touchdown drives.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:15pm
Since being drafted fifth overall in 2009 by the Jets, current Eagles QB Mark Sanchez has played in two AFC championships, missed the playoffs two straights season, been ripped apart by New York fans and media, suffered national humiliation because of a fumble, lost his starting job, got injured in a preseason game he wasn’t supposed to play in and been released.
Oh, and somewhere in there he actually spent a year teaming with Tim Tebow.
Really, there isn’t anything Sanchez hasn’t lived through in his NFL career.
Which is why he isn’t feeling butterflies about Friday’s preseason opener against the Bears. He’s expected to get in early, with the second-team offense. It’s been almost a year since he last played in any kind of NFL game, but he’s not worried.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 11:43am
And when he came back to the NovaCare Complex this spring and took third-team reps behind Foles and Mark Sanchez, Barkley wasn’t willing to admit that he wasn’t in the picture to be Foles’ backup.
About two weeks into training camp, Barkley is seemingly echoing an alternate sentiment. He’s still confident, he’s still diligent, still steadfast in his belief that he can be a franchise quarterback in the league if given the opportunity.
It’s just probably not going to be here in Philly.
Barkley was thrown to the wolves a couple of times last season and it wasn't always pretty. He never really had a chance to prepare a week for a game because Michael Vick or Nick Foles would always be ready the following week. This summer, Barkley is likely auditioning for a chance to play somewhere else.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Matthews took “a number of reps” with the first-team offense on Tuesday.
Matthews, a second-round pick last month, previously had been working almost exclusively with the No. 2 offense, developing great chemistry with veteran backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has. Rookie wideouts usually don’t live up to their ADP, but there is the occasional exception.
Jordan Matthews, WR: No player has opened more eyes than Matthews, who makes 4-5 catches per practice that draw a reaction from the players. Matthews is currently running with second team, but that will be changing soon. "I've never seen a rookie do work like he can," said quarterback Mark Sanchez of Matthews. Watching Matthews, it's hard to disagree.
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has. He's an upside pick in the later rounds.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 5:20pm
Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the possibility that the team moves on from QB Ryan Tannehill: "It is definitely in Ryan Tannehill’s best interest to show that he is the long-term solution this year. Rarely do starting quarterbacks get four consecutive years to show their worth after mediocre play. The only recent example I can think of is Mark Sanchez with the New York Jets, and his deep runs through the playoffs his first two seasons bought him time through his inconsistencies. Tannehill is 15-17 in his first two years and has no postseason resume to speak of. If Tannehill has another losing season, that most likely will lead to a coaching change. A new coach may want to win or lose with his own quarterback, which means Tannehill could be replaced or have to compete for a starting job."
Through the first 15 weeks, Tannehill was the #12 QB in fantasy. Unfortunately, he stunk it up in the final two weeks of the season, posting just 286 yards to go along with one TD and three picks in the final two games combined as the Dolphins skidded out of a playoff spot. Josh Freeman’s 2012 late-season swoon was similar, but the Dolphins are more committed to Tannehill than the Bucs were to Freeman.
Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane's practice observations: "Nick Foles continued to look sharp. He wasn’t nearly as consistent as he was during the first two open practices – he tossed two interceptions during 11 on 11 drills – but he just seems much more confident running the offense than he did a year ago this time. Again a disclaimer: It’s only the spring and the players are running around in shorts without making much contact. But it’s a better scenario than, say, Foles looking as unremarkable as Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley have. Most of his passes have been on target. And when he’s had to go through his reads you can visually see him checking from one receiver to another before finding the open guy and (usually) hitting him downfield."
Nick Foles posted the #3 PPG in 2013 and in 11 starts (including the playoffs) he averaged 23.1 FP, which was second only to Peyton Manning. DeSean Jackson is gone, but the return of Jeremy Maclin, the arrival of Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and the likely emergence of Zach Ertz should offset that loss. The only other question mark is his limited body of work. Sometimes quarterbacks take a step back in their second year as a starter — it’s also Chip Kelly’s second year as head coach — though Foles played at such a high level that even with a step back, he should still be a solid QB1.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 2:48pm
While there is only so much you can glean from OTAs in shorts and helmets but without contact, Nick Foles seems even more comfortable in Chip Kelly's offense this spring than he did even last summer during a competition against Michael Vick for the starting job. Foles has a command of the even higher tempo during these practices and has looked sharp early on. There is a significant drop off from Foles to backups Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley who have not been nearly as accurate early on.
He will back up Nick Foles this season and provide a more veteran presence than Matt Barkley. The Eagles have had success over the years turning project QBs into value, and that could end up being the case here with Sanchez as he gets to work with HC Chip Kelly. Sanchez is coming off a right shoulder injury that kept him out last season.
Sanchez will likely serve as Nick Foles' primary backup. He will have a chance to revive his career under HC Chip Kelly.
Brian Costello reported that Mark Sanchez has been released.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8:23pm
The surgery, which will end Sanchez's season, was performed by Dr. James Andrews, whom Sanchez has consulted over the past weeks.
Sanchez's rehab attempt didn't work out so he's finished for 2013 and likely played his last game as a NY Jet with the emergence of Geno Smith.
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