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Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 11/11/1986 | Birthplace: Long Beach, CA, USA | Team: Philadelphia | College: USC | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 34/15 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Eagles' Sanchez on QB competition: 'Everybody wants to be the starter'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) The Eagles have a quarterback competition on their hands, and Mark Sanchez is making it clear he wants to be the starter, per NFL.com.

"Everybody wants to be the starter and I'm no different," Sanchez said.

Coach Chip Kelly has said that Sanchez and Sam Bradford will compete for the starting spot and that the best player will be behind center for the start of the season.

“Everybody’s in competition,” Kelly said, per ESPN.com, “and the best players play.”

Sanchez played in nine games for the Eagles last season, passing for 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bradford missed all of last season due to an ACL tear.


Eagles coach Chip Kelly: 'Everybody's in competition' for QB spot


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez will actively compete for the top quarterback spot this season, per ESPN.com.

“Everybody’s in competition,” Kelly said, “and the best players play.”

Sanchez played in nine games for the Eagles last season, passing for 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bradford missed all of last season due to an ACL tear.


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez optimistic as offseason rolls on


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) A stronger arm, greater familiarity with the offense and more confidence has Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez feeling quite good these days.

Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery two years ago that affected him early last season. He expects to be better in 2015, especially if given an opportunity to play over newcomer Sam Bradford.

"First thing, physically, I feel so much better," he told the team website. "The farther it gets away from surgery and all the reps I've had, all the rehab on through, it can only get better and stronger. So this is definitely the best I've ever felt. And then as far as the scheme, every rep, every time we sit down and watch film, every meeting, that can only help with my growth as well."

The chance to play is one reason why Sanchez chose to return this offseason to the Eagles.

"Were there other opportunitites? Absolutely," he said. "Did they look potentially good, better, similar, maybe worse? Potentially, yeah, there was some stuff out there. But when I factored it all in, I just felt this was the best spot for me. I enjoy playing for coach Kelly, I love this system, I love the tempo, I love the pace."

Sanchez also expressed a desire to remain on the team for which he threw his highest completition percentage of his career in 2014. He hit on 64.1 percent, by far a personal best.

Chip Kelly has seen a difference in Sanchez.

"I think you can see it in how he's performing out there now," he said. "He's also not learning an offense again. ... He is really comfortable in terms of the scheme."


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez expects to compete for starting job


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Despite the assumption of many that the Eagles traded for quarterback Sam Bradford to make him the automatic starter, fellow signal-caller Mark Sanchez doesn't perceive the situation the same way.

Sanchez believes there will be an open competition in camp, which is why he signed a two-year deal worth $9 million to return to Philadelphia.

"Absolutely," he told NFL.com. "That's the way I understand it. ... Just talking with coach (Chip) Kelly and knowing I'm comng with the opportunity to compete for the starting job. That was important to me."

Sanchez completed 64 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for the Eagles a year ago.


Report: Browns could acquire Sam Bradford from Eagles before the draft


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Browns believe they have a good chance to trade for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford before the start of Thursday's NFL Draft, a source told Peter King of Sports Illustrated on Wednesday.

Philadelphia acquired Bradford and a 2015 fifth-round pick from the Rams in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick back in March. Bradford missed all of last season due to his second torn ACL in as many years.

St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher confirmed to reporters after the deal that the Browns tried to trade for Bradford before the Rams and Eagles agreed to a trade.

Soon after the trade was completed, Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly dispelled the notion that he will trade up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, reiterating that Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez are his quarterbacks for 2015.

"We didn't bring Sam in here to be a [trading] chip," Kelly said back in March.

The Eagles and the Titans are expected to deliberate at some point before the draft on Thursday. If Kelly sends Bradford to Cleveland, then all signs would point toward the Eagles making a run to acquire the No. 2 overall pick of the draft for Mariota.

A team has traded up for a quarterback in Round 1 in 11 of the past 12 drafts, per Chris Sprow of ESPN.


Mark Sanchez: Eagles said Tim Tebow was just a camp arm


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez said he wasn't concerned that the team signed Tim Tebow, because the Eagles told him Tebow was just there to throw in camp.

"We needed another guy to throw while Sam's (Bradford) still recovering. So that's the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me," Sanchez said, per CSN Philadelphia

The Eagles signed Tebow on Monday. He hasn't played in the NFL since getting cut by the Patriots at the end of training camp prior to the 2013 season. He spent last year as a television analyst for the SEC Network. 

Tebow and Sanchez were teammates on the Jets in 2012. Tebow's presence as a back-up created a quarterback controversy among fans and media that last ed throughout the season. 


Chip Kelly: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez are my QBs for 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Eagles coach Chip Kelly dispelled the notion that he will trade up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, reiterating that Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez are his quarterbacks for 2015, per the team's official website.

Kelly also revealed that "here has been no talk with Bradford about a contract extension at this time."

Bradford was shipped from St. Louis to Philadelphia on Tuesday, just after the start of free agency. He missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the preseason, and he's scheduled to make $13 million in 2015 -- the final year of his contract.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker


Report: Mark Sanchez returning to Eagles on 2-year deal


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Quarterback Mark Sanchez will return to the Eagles on a two-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Sanchez's deal will be worth a total of $16 million with $5.5 million guaranteed. 

Sanchez, once a starter for the Jets, spent this past season in a backup role with the Eagles. However, Sanchez was pressed into starting duty after Nick Foles broke his collarbone. Sanchez finished the year with 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 


Report: Titans interested in quarterback Mark Sanchez


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Titans have expressed interest in signing quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to a report from FOX Sports. 

Sanchez, once a starter for the Jets, spent this past season in a backup role with the Eagles. However, Sanchez was pressed into starting duty after Nick Foles broke his collarbone. Sanchez finished the year with 2,418 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

There's still a chance for Sanchez to return to the Eagles as well. 


Report: Eagles, Mark Sanchez interested in reuniting next season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) The Eagles and impending free agent quarterback Mark Sanchez have a strong mutual interest in reuniting next season, according to NJ.com.

Sanchez is arguably considered the best quarterback available in the market. He signed a one-year contract with Philadelphia last offseason and took over for Nick Foles when he broke his collarbone. He went 5-4 as a starter and accounted for 15 touchdowns and 14 turnovers in nine games overall last season. Teams can start negotiating with Sanchez Saturday afternoon. Free agency begins on Tuesday.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker


Bills' Ryan: 'Too early to tell' if team will pursue QB Mark Sanchez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Since taking over as the Bills coach, Rex Ryan has faced an onslaught of questions about whether or not he would consider reuniting with quarterback Mark Sanchez, who went 4-4 as a starter in 2014 for the Eagles after Nick Foles got hurt. 

USA Today was the latest to ask Ryan about bringing Sanchez to Buffalo, but Ryan did his best to dance around the question since Sanchez is still under contract with the Eagles.

"I don’t know," Ryan said. "First off, he’s technically under contract with someone else right now so I won’t talk about him specifically. But the numbers are what the numbers are with all the quarterbacks. Right now we’re in the early stages, the evaluating stages of possible free agents, draft picks and the two guys that we already have on the roster, so that’s really where we’re at right now and too early to tell who’s going to be here, who’s not going to be here and really what our answers would be."

Sanchez was with the Jets from 2009-13. Ryan was fired as the Jets coach in December after six seasons with the team.


New Bills coach Rex Ryan guarantees playoff berth


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/14/2015) Introduced as Bills head coach Wednesday, Rex Ryan was his usual blustery self.

“I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills have been to the playoffs,” he said. “Get ready. We’re going. We are going.”

Ryan stopped short of guaranteeing a Super Bowl, saying, “I’ll guarantee the pursuit of it.”

He said his message to the team was simple: “We’re going to be playing games in January and so forth – start preparing that way.”

Ryan professed to be “not concerned at all” about his quarterback situation. Though he did not commit to EJ Manuel as the starter, Ryan said the second-year pro “has a lot of traits you look for in a quarterback.”

Kyle Orton announced his retirement following the season. Asked about a possible reunion with Mark Sanchez, Ryan said the team will explore all options.

The Bills went 9-7 this season, then coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract.


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez sharp in Week 17 victory


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/28/2014) In what might have been his last game with the Eagles, quarterback Mark Sanchez hit 23 of 36 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns with an interception against the Giants. Sanchez added 22 yards on seven rushes while leading Philly to its fifth win since replacing the injured Nick Foles.

Sanchez was on a one-year contract, so he's set to hit free agency. He accounted for 15 touchdowns and 14 turnovers in nine games.


Chip Kelly not fully committed to Nick Foles for 2015


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/25/2014) Asked about his quarterback situation heading into 2015, Eagles coach Chip Kelly expressed support for Nick Foles but did not fully endorse him as the team's quarterback of the future, reports Philly.com. Kelly said he needs to make a decision on Foles based on his limited body of work.

"The reality is the reality," Kelly said, referring to the broken collarbone that ended Foles' season after eight games.

"I can't say, 'Hey, let's not make a decision because I need to see him play 16 more games.' In certain times we're going to have to make decisions, so you have to make it based on what you have. We don't have any control over the injury."

Foles threw 13 touchdowns against 10 interceptions this year after sparkling with 27 touchdowns and two picks last season. Foles has one more year on his contract at $660,000, while replacement Mark Sanchez is scheduled for free agency. Matt Barkley is signed for two more years but has thrown one pass this season.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur sounds like a believer in Foles.

"I think we know what we have in Nick, and we've seen a guy that I think, by last count, he's 14-4 as a starter," Shurmur said. "So that's really how you judge a quarterback."


Eagles coach Chip Kelly: Mark Sanchez is our quarterback Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2014) Eagles coach Chip Kelly said on Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia that he'll start Mark Sanchez against the Giants in Week 17, per Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Sanchez has been picked off 10 times since taking over as the starter in Week 9. He threw a costly interception at the end of Saturday's 27-24 defeat to Washington that ruined Philadelphia's postseason hopes. The Eagles won't rush Nick Foles back from a collarbone injury now that Philadelphia was officially eliminated following Dallas' win over Indianapolis on Sunday.

"Mark's our quarterback, and I thought Mark played a really good game [Saturday]," Kelly said. "He goes 37 of 50, he was 36 of 49 before that last pass.

"I'm sure he wants that pass back, everybody wants that pass back, but I think Mark played a good game and we'll continue to go with Mark."

Philadelphia is a 4-point favorite at N.Y. Giants.


Mark Sanchez shows matchup matters


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) Couple off a couple poor performances, including a 96-yard effort against the mighty Seahawks in Week 14, Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez was able to take advantage of a favorable matchup Week 16 at Washington, throwing for a season-high 374 yards on 37-of-50 passing. He had two touchdown passes and one interception.

Of course, that was against a defense that has now allowed 33 touchdown passes while recording just six interceptions. Not surprisingly, the Redskins have surrendered the highest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks this season.

When you look at it that way, it's almost disappointing Sanchez had just two touchdown passes while still throwing an interception. Since taking over for an injured Nick Foles in Week 9, he has only two more touchdown passes (12) than interceptions (10), so for all the yardage he piles up on a prolific offense, he's still in many ways the unstable quarterback who used to start for the Jets.

He's capable of taking advantage of a favorable matchup, of course, but his matchup Week 17 against Dallas isn't so favorable that you should automatically start him in Fantasy. In standard 12-team leagues, you can probably do better.


Late INT proves to be costly for Mark Sanchez, Eagles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2014) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a costly interception that may have ruined Philadelphia's postseason hopes in a Week 16 loss to Washington.

Sanchez had a chance to break a 24-all tie but was picked off by Bashaud Breeland with 1:36 remaining in the game. He also lost a fumble on the opening drive of the game. Sanchez hooked up with Riley Cooper for a 3-yard score in the second quarter and again for 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

He compiled 374 yards through the air while completing 37 of 50 pass attempts. He added two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 99.9 passer rating in a 27-24 defeat.

With the loss, the Eagles need to win their final game against the Giants and have Dallas lose the final two games of the season in order to make the postseason.


Report: QB Nick Foles' collarbone only 70 percent healed


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/16/2014) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles' broken collarbone is only 70 percent healed, and there's no way he'll play in either of the team's final two regular-season games, reports Sportsradio 94WIP. Foles suffered the injury Week 9.

Per the report, Mark Sanchez will finish out the regular season and Foles would only have a chance to return if Philly makes the playoffs.


Maybe Mark Sanchez not worth the trouble


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2014) When Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for just 96 yards against the Seahawks in Week 14 after averaging 300.5 in his first four starts in place of Nick Foles, it was thought to be just a product of the matchup. After all, the Seahawks had allowed an average of 116.0 passing yards in their previous three games, looking once again like a world championship-caliber defense.

But with what seemed like a favorable matchup Week 15 against Dallas, a team that entered the week ranked 25th against the pass, Sanchez again laid an egg, but a different kind. He threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes, completing 17 of 28 passes for 252 yards.

Looking back at his numbers, Sanchez still seems to be as mistake-prone as ever. For all the success he's had replacing Foles, he has just 10 touchdown passes to nine interceptions. He's thrown two picks in four of his seven games this year.

The Eagles offense is prolific enough that he figures to have good yardage when he's not facing the Seahawks, but the interceptions could keep him from performing like a top-12 quarterback down the stretch. Of course, he's facing the Redskins in Week 16, who've allowed the most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, but just how willing are you to gamble on something like that this time of year?


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez throws two picks in loss vs. Cowboys


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 17 of his 28 passes for 252 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in his team's 38-27 loss to the Cowboys in Week 15.

Sanchez did a good job of bringing the Eagles back from the brink of a blowout loss after falling behind 21-0 in the second quarter but also contributed two of the team's four turnovers. It's the first time in his seven games this season that Sanchez has failed to throw a touchdown. He'll be looking for a big rebound performance when the Eagles face the Redskins in Week 16.


Don't lose faith in Mark Sanchez


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2014) Mark Sanchez, who has started at quarterback for the Eagles since Nick Foles went down in Week 9, looked like he might be in for a rude awakening against the Seahawks last week, but 10 completions for 96 yards went beyond even the most pessimistic projections.

But again, he was facing the Seahawks, which counts for a lot more now than it did at the start of the season. They're back to playing world champion-caliber defense, allowing an average of 107.5 passing yards in their last four games. Yes, that's the average for a four-game stretch. They're making every quarterback look like Kurt Kittner.

Sanchez averaged 300.5 passing yards in his first four starts for the Eagles -- better even than what Foles was doing -- and leads one of the league's most explosive offenses. Prior to Week 14, the Eagles ranked fourth in both yards and points per game. You shouldn't be afraid to use him Week 15 against the Cowboys. They rank only 25th against the pass, allowing 251.9 yards per game, and he just put up 22 Fantasy points against them two weeks ago.

It doesn't mean you have to start him -- both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank at least 12 quarterbacks ahead of him for Week 15 -- but if you had gotten used to starting him, don't let his Week 14 performance be the reason you stop.


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez has a tough time Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez had a tough time Week 14 against the Seahawks.

Sanchez completed 10 of 20 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one interception and was sacked three times during the contest. Sanchez's first touchdown came as the result of a turnover. Following a fumbled punt, the Eagles took over at the 14 yard line. A few plays later, Sanchez found Jeremy Maclin on a 1 yard touchdown pass. His other score also came with somewhat of a short field. This time, though, Sanchez struck from 35 yards out, finding Zach Ertz on the play. Other than that, Sanchez was mostly limited against a rejuvenated Seahawks defense. Sanchez also had 7 rushing yards.

He'll take on the Cowboys Week 15. 


Not the week to start Mark Sanchez


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2014) With the way Mark Sanchez has performed since taking over as the Eagles quarterback in Week 9 -- contributing two touchdowns, either rushing or passing, in four of his five games -- you're probably itching to get him in your lineup even at a weak position. But Week 14 isn't the time to do it, not with the Seahawks coming to town.

The Seahawks rank third against the pass, giving up 199.4 yards per game and, even worse, have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. They've been especially stifling lately, allowing less than 150 passing yards to the last three quarterbacks they've faced.

The Eagles have a prolific offense, ranking fourth in both yards and points per game, so they have as good a chance as any team of overcoming the numbers, but why force the issue at a position where you probably have a strong alternative?

Going by Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's rankings, you'd have to play in a 16-team league to consider starting Sanchez this week.


Report: Eagles QB Nick Foles to return in 2-4 weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) A followup CT scan on the injured left collarbone of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles revealed that it's healing normally. He should be cleared to return to game action in 2-4 weeks, a source has told the Philadelphia Daily News.

If replacement Mark Sanchez continues to perform as well as he did in the Thanksgiving Day defeat of Dallas, speculation is that Foles will not get his starting job back upon his return. It remains to be seen who is behind center if and when the Eagles begin their playoff journey.


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez has big first half in easy win


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/27/2014) Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez did almost all his damage in the first half of Thursday's 33-10 rout at Dallas, throwing for 202 yards and accounting for two touchdowns. He finished 20 of 29 for 217 yards and a touchdown and ran five times for 29 yards and another score.

After committing six turnovers in his previous two games, Sanchez did not have a turnover Thursday.

Sanchez came out on fire. He led the Eagles to 80- and 88-yard touchdown drives on their first two possessions. Sanchez capped the first march with a 2-yard keeper off a zone read, and he ended the second with a 27-yard scoring strike to rookie Jordan Matthews.

Sanchez plays the Seahawks in Week 14.