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Stephen Hill’s agent blames Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow for Hill’s release

Stephen-HillThe New York Jets released wide receiver Stephen Hill on Saturday. Hill, a former star at Georgia Tech, has been a disappointment since the Jets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2012. But as far as the 23-year-old’s agent is concerned, Rex Ryan and company set Hill up to fail.

After Hill was cut, his agent Alan Herman criticized the Jets for not putting his client in a position to succeed.

“I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,” Herman told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening.

“He didn’t have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. … His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.”

Hill ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Combine and was at one point an extremely promising young talent. While he hasn’t exactly played with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Hill has had some brutal drops in big situations. His progress has also been hampered by knee injuries.

We all know the Tebow experiment was a disaster and Sanchez was below-average at best. However, there are plenty of wide receivers across the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, Josh Gordon, Andre Johnson, etc.) that have carved out impressive careers with poor quarterback play. That’s a pretty lame excuse from Hill’s agent, who anticipates his client will be scooped up quickly.

“I would think the Browns would put in a claim,” Herman said. “(Coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.”

Are the Browns really the best team for Hill? What if the whole Hoyer-Manziel thing becomes a circus? At least his agent will have someone to blame.

Report: Mark Sanchez has no interest in playing for Rams

Mark-Sanchez-A-Justin-Bieber-FanFor whatever reason, Mark Sanchez to the St. Louis Rams has become a popular rumor over the past 24 hours. Sam Bradford is out for the season with another torn ACL, and journeyman Shaun Hill is currently the Rams’ best option at quarterback. Plus, Sanchez’s old offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is calling the plays in St. Louis this year.

The problem is Sanchez didn’t exactly thrive under Schottenheimer, despite reaching back-to-back AFC Championship Games. Schottenheimer is a run-first OC who is very different from the inventive Chip Kelly.  That’s probably one reason Sanchez reportedly has zero interest in being trading to the Rams. Via USA Today Sports:

But if Sanchez has anything to say about it, there’s “no chance” he’d abandon his fresh start as a backup under coach Chip Kelly with the Philadelphia Eagles for a shot to rejoin Schottenheimer and play in St. Louis, a person with knowledge of Sanchez’s thinking told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.

At age 27, Sanchez has time to reboot his once-promising career. There’s no reason to rush into a situation like the one in St. Louis, where he’d be trying to get in rhythm with new teammates at the same time the Rams are preparing for a season opener that’s just two weeks away.

Sanchez said Monday that he highly doubts a trade to St. Louis is on the table.

“I think they would say something or my agent would say something,” Sanchez said, via CSNPhilly.com’s John Gonzalez. “If those people aren’t talking to me about it, I seriously doubt it’s happening.”

The interesting thing is that Sanchez is only 27 and is firmly planted behind Nick Foles on the Philadelphia Eagles depth chart. He stands virtually no chance of starting this season if Foles stays healthy, and he certainly won’t be taking Foles’ job in the future if Foles continues to play well.

Wouldn’t Sanchez rather start somewhere, even if it means reuniting with an OC he didn’t really see eye-to-eye with? Apparently not, and it doesn’t really matter. The Rams sound like they’re set on giving Hill a shot.

H/T Eye on Football

Mark Sanchez did not mean that Eagles fans are nicer than Jets fans

Mark-Sanchez-A-Justin-Bieber-FanMark Sanchez has zero chance of starting for the Philadelphia Eagles this season if Nick Foles stays healthy, but that doesn’t mean the former USC star is flying under the radar. On Monday, Sanchez made headlines for a comment he made about the fans in Philly.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post tweeted that Sanchez said the fans in Philly are “a lot nicer.” The way Hubbuch presented it made it seem like Sanchez was taking a shot at Jets fans.

However, Sanchez later explained that Hubbuch presented his quote in the wrong context. Marky Mark was not happy about it.

“My comments today about Philly fans being ‘nicer’ was a reference to their reaction to me now vs. the last time I played here as a Jet in 2011,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “It had absolutely nothing to do with NY fans. I have nothing but good things to say about my time in NY and I’ve always said the fans are tremendous.

“It’s unfortunate that 1 reporter out of the 10 I spoke with today chose to take these comments out of context. Everyone else knew what I was talking about.”

Assuming Sanchez is telling the truth, that was pretty irresponsible of Hubbuch. The fact that he put “BOOM” in his tweet proves he was trying to create a stir. Then again, Jets fans did boo Sanchez during training camp and some of them cheered when he got injured. No one would blame him for liking Philly fans better — at least so far.

Mark Sanchez reportedly struggling during workouts

Mark-Sanchez-A-Justin-Bieber-FanNick Foles wasn’t in any danger of losing the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback job this summer, but thanks to Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley it sounds like his job is safer than ever. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, neither of the former USC stars has been impressive during offseason workouts.

Foles has not been perfect, but McLane noted that he has not looked nearly as “unremarkable” as Sanchez and Barkley. While Sanchez has shown flashes of solid play at times, his inconsistency is worth noting.

Sanchez is still in the process of learning a new offense, but that doesn’t provide him with an excuse for overthrowing open receivers or forcing the ball into tight spaces. He reportedly threw two interceptions during drills on Monday. He did, however, hook up with receiver Will Murphy on a nifty 25-yard corner route to the end zone.

At age 27, Sanchez recently said that he feels is is just now entering the prime of his career. He still has youth on his side, but that confidence is going to have to transfer onto the field at some point. While Sanchez likely has an edge over Barkley for the No. 2 job behind Foles because of experience alone, he’ll have to show Kelly a lot more as the summer progresses.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Backup Mark Sanchez believes he is entering the prime of his career

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Give Mark Sanchez credit for having an optimistic outlook on his professional football career even though things haven’t worked out the way he would have liked.

The former first-round pick of the New York Jets went from being the hot young star with the team to being overpaid, underwhelming and released. He’s now a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he’s happy with his situation and — get this — believes he is entering the prime of his career.

Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin quoted Sanchez as telling her he feels he is “just entering the prime of my career.”

Sanchez believes missing last season because of a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason was actually good for him.

“Maybe this whole shoulder thing and relocation has just been a blessing in disguise,” Sanchez told Newsday. “Maybe that year off was exactly what I needed. Got a little rest for my legs, for my arm, and I feel great.”

Credit Sanchez for having a positive attitude about being in Philly. He thinks being on a team with so many great offensive players and coaches is a wonderful situation for him, and he’s probably right. But how could he say he’s entering the prime of his career if he’s going to spend it on the bench? Maybe we should cut him some slack and say at least he’s mentally prepared in case Nick Foles get hurt. Or should we sit here and laugh at what’s become of him? Naw, that would be too easy. I’ll opt for the former.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

Rex Ryan may alter his Mark Sanchez tattoo

Rex-Ryan-Mark-Sanchez-Tim-TebowRex Ryan was always a huge supporter of Mark Sanchez when the former USC star was with the New York Jets. How big are we talking? Rex has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Jets jersey with Sanchez’s No. 6 on it. So yeah, that big of a supporter. Now that the Jets have released Sanchez, what’s going to happen to the tattoo?

On Tuesday, Ryan was asked if he still has the tattoo. He proudly rolled up his sleeve to display the ink, noting that it “was my tattoo and still is my tattoo.” However, he did not rule out changing the number on the jersey.

“I may alter it, who knows?” Rex said, per Newsday’s Tom Rock. “I may put 75 on it and honor Winston Hill. I think that’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Hill is a former Jets offensive lineman who played for New York when Rex’s father Buddy Ryan was an assistant coach there. It would probably be challenging to turn a No. 6 into a No. 75, but I’m sure a good tattoo artist could do it.

[Photo: Rex Ryan's Mark Sanchez tattoo]

As for Sanchez, Ryan explained why he felt such a close connection to Sanchez during their five seasons together.

“That was my first draft pick, me being a coach that was my first pick,” he said. “You have the vision that this guy is going to be with you for 10 years. I’m sure every coach has that. Very few make it that far. I think in an ideal world, that’s what you would have liked.”

Rex also said that he thought being released from the Jets would be good for Sanchez, as he believes he is still capable of earning a starting job elsewhere. You know what’s coming next, right? Bill Belichick is probably going to sign Sanchez. How much would The Hoodie love Rex having a tattoo of one of his players?

Report: Mark Sanchez expected to sign with Eagles

mark-sanchezMark Sanchez and Michael Vick could be switching teams. The New York Jets released Sanchez last friday and quickly signed Vick. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to bring on the Sanchize.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported that although Sanchez failed his physical when his contract with the Jets was terminated, his injury status is not expected to stand in the way of the Eagles signing him. He is said to be throwing at 80 percent strength, and the Eagles’ medical staff intends to evaluate Sanchez on their own before making anything official.

While Mortensen seems confident that Sanchez is going to wind up in Philly, Manish Mehta is less certain. He was told that Sanchez’s free agent process is “ongoing” and that the Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans have all shown legitimate interest in Sanchez.

As we told you earlier, Jeff Fisher has already been open about discussing the Rams’ interest in Sanchez.

While some might be surprised that Sanchez is drawing so much interest in free agency, you have to remember he is looking for work as a backup. Experience is hard to come by in the NFL, and Sanchez has appeared in 62 games during his five-year NFL career. He should come relatively cheap and provide decent depth for a team in need.