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Report: Zach Wilson spoke to ex-Jets QBs about playing in New York

Zach Wilson

It looks like a certainty that the New York Jets will make Zach Wilson the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. Being a young quarterback in New York is notoriously difficult, and Wilson appears to be taking steps to prepare himself for the experience.

John Beck, Wilson’s personal quarterback coach, told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that Wilson has reached out to former Jets quarterbacks Chad Pennington, Josh McCown, and Mark Sanchez. Wilson spoke with the ex-Jets about what it’s like to play quarterback for the Jets and how to negotiate the attention and pressure that comes with it.

Wilson certainly made solid choices. That’s especially true of Sanchez, who was a first-round pick with massive expectations but ultimately became best remembered for one of the most embarrassing plays in NFL history. Obviously the hope is that Wilson ends up much better than that, but being prepared to deal with scrutiny is a key part of the BYU quarterback’s future, and Sanchez knows that well.

Wilson has been favorably compared to another outstanding young quarterback. The Jets would be very happy if they get that sort of player, and they have to be very pleased with what they’re hearing about his pre-draft preparation.

Mark Sanchez explains why Jets need to trade Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets have admitted they are willing to listen to trade offers for Sam Darnold, but Mark Sanchez believes they should be actively shopping the quarterback. The way he sees it, there is no way Darnold can play for the Jets again in 2021.

During an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Friday morning, Sanchez predicted that the situation in New York could get ugly for Darnold. The former Jets quarterback believes fans will turn on Darnold next season at the first sign of trouble.

“They gotta do something fast to get him out of there,” Sanchez said, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “As soon as he goes 3-and-out two times this year, his a– is getting booed out of the stadium. It’s not fair to the kid.”

Sanchez, of course, knows plenty about being booed by Jets fans. The team drafted him fifth overall in 2009, and he never lived up to the hype. New York had a couple of good seasons with Sanchez at the helm, but that was mostly due to Rex Ryan’s elite defense.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas admitted this week that the phone lines are open for Darnold. He also praised the 23-year-old and said the team would be confident moving forward with him.

Darnold will never be as much of a punchline in New York as Sanchez. The latter, of course, is responsible for the most embarrassing play in Jets franchise history. That said, you can understand why Sanchez is rooting for Darnold to get a fresh start elsewhere.

Mark Sanchez: Sam Darnold should think about moving on from Jets

Sam Darnold

Mark Sanchez thinks Sam Darnold should consider whether it’s time to move on from the New York Jets.

Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick by the Jets in 2018 and treated as the franchise quarterback. But he hasn’t lived up to that billing so far.

Darnold missed time with mono last year and has had a shoulder injury this year. The Jets are 0-9 and in position to land the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft, which would give them a crack at another quarterback.

Putting that all together leads Sanchez to believe Darnold needs to ponder his future with the Jets. Sanchez shared his thoughts during an appearance on the New York Post’s “Gang’s All Here” podcast.

“Because of the way things have transpired, he’s got to make some serious decisions about the longevity of his career and whether or not playing the rest of this year is even worth it,” Sanchez said, via the New York Post. “If it’s in his best interest. If this season is at a loss, which it looks like already. It’s not like they’re going to turn around and make a playoff run. Now you get into these tough decisions as a competitor thinking, ‘Man, maybe my time’s up here and that’s okay. Maybe it’s best for both sides to move on.’”

If Darnold decided to move on, he would pack it in this season and let Joe Flacco continue to play. The Jets would probably land the top pick, get their choice of college QB, and move on from Darnold.

The similarities between Sanchez and Darnold are not lost on many observers. They were both former USC quarterbacks taken highly by the Jets. Though the Jets had success during Sanchez’s first two seasons, it was mostly thanks to their defense and in spite of Sanchez. Sanchez ended up best known for a huge blunder. Darnold also hasn’t elevated the team. Maybe a new franchise would be helpful for his career.

Mark Sanchez retiring from NFL for top college football analyst role

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez has chosen not to continue his career as a backup quarterback in the NFL, but we will still be seeing plenty of the former USC star this upcoming football season.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Sanchez has decided to retire from football to accept a high-profile college football analyst job with ABC/ESPN. Sanchez will join Kevin Negandhi and Jon Vilma in ABC’s lead college football studio, replacing Mack Brown after the former Texas coach left to take the North Carolina job.

Sanchez spent last season as a backup with the Washington Redskins. He appeared in just two games and completed 54.3 percent of his passes with three interceptions and no touchdowns. While he hasn’t played a major role on a team since he was with the New York Jets back in 2012, Sanchez is just 32 and would have had a chance to land another backup job this summer. However, you can certainly understand why the ABC job was of interest to him at this point in his career.

Unfortunately, Sanchez’s playing career will probably be best remembered for the infamous “Butt Fumble,” which he has been a good sport about in the years since it happened. He was a star at the college level with USC and should provide plenty of good insight as an analyst.

Mark Sanchez benched in favor of Josh Johnson

Mark Sanchez

The Washington Redskins saw their season come to an unofficial end on Sunday, and Mark Sanchez’s career may have gone down the drain with it.

After the New York Giants jumped out to a 40-0 lead over Washington, Sanchez was benched in favor of Josh Johnson. The former first-round pick finished the day with just six completions on 14 attempts and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six he threw from his own end zone.

The Redskins signed Johnson this past week after Colt McCoy went down with an injury in Week 13. They originally brought Sanchez in to be the backup to McCoy, but he was quickly thrust into a starting role. Johnson had not previously completed a pass in an NFL game since 2011.

With Alex Smith and McCoy both injured and Sanchez having been benched on Sunday, the remainder of the season looks grim for Washington. Perhaps they should have given more consideration to signing a certain former star quarterback who can’t seem to find work.

Plaxico Burress throws shade at ex-teammate Mark Sanchez

Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress threw some shade at former teammate Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez is now the Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback after Alex Smith and Colt McCoy suffered leg injuries weeks apart. Sanchez was forced into action on Monday night, just two weeks after signing with Washington, due to McCoy’s injury. He went 13/21 for 100 yards and an interception and was largely ineffective in the 28-13 loss to the Eagles.

Sanchez is set to start Washington’s next game, which will be at home on Sunday against the New York Giants. Burress, who starred on the Giants from 2004-2008, took a shot at Sanchez via Twitter on Wednesday night when thinking about the matchup.

So. Much. Shade.

Let’s not forget that Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and 8 touchdowns from Sanchez with the 2011 Jets.

It’s hard to argue with Plaxico, though. Sanchez is not an NFL-caliber starting quarterback anymore. Washington will be in bad shape as long as they need to play him.

Mark Sanchez has funny exchange with reporter over ‘Butt Fumble’ question

Unless Mark Sanchez can do something miraculous like lead a team to a Super Bowl or orchestrate the greatest comeback in NFL history before his career is over, he will likely always be remembered for the “Butt Fumble” above all else. To his credit, the veteran quarterback has a good sense of humor about that.

Sanchez, who is preparing to start for Washington in Week 14, was asked on Wednesday about the embarrassing play in 2012 when he ran into a Jets teammate’s backside and coughed up the ball. He looked at the reporter with a straight faced and said, “I don’t follow,” which resulted in the room erupting with laughter.

Sanchez threw a friendly jab at the reporter for taking the “low-hanging fruit” by asking him about that play, but he insists it doesn’t bother him that people keep bringing it up.

“No, listen, who cares,” Sanchez said. “It’s one play. You just move on. I prefer to remember the good stuff.”

The “Butt Fumble” was such a hilarious and embarrassing play that ESPN had to make a tough programming decision so it would not be shown every week for the rest of eternity. Sanchez has to be tired of hearing about it, but you have to commend him for laughing it off.

Twitter reacts to Redskins signing Mark Sanchez

The Washington Redskins have moved quickly to bring in a veteran backup after Alex Smith suffered a gruesome leg injury on Sunday, and the move they made is one that is sure to create a lot of buzz.

In fact, it already has.

According to numerous reports, the Redskins are signing Mark Sanchez. Since the former first-round pick played with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes that Washington believes he will be able to get up to speed quickly with an upcoming game against his former team on a short week.

Sanchez has appeared in just two games since 2016. The former New York Jets starter spent 2017 with the Chicago Bears, but he did not get on the field at all during the regular season. As you might expect, Twitter had a lot of fun with Washington’s decision to sign the man whose most noteworthy achievement in the NFL was “The Butt Fumble.”

There has already been talk about Washington’s search for a veteran backup being further proof that Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL, and the signing of Sanchez will do nothing to dispel that notion.

Mark Sanchez, EJ Manuel among QBs to work out for Redskins

Mark Sanchez

The Washington Redskins are in need of another quarterback following Alex Smith’s injury on Sunday and will take a look at several free agents.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington is bringing in Mark Sanchez, EJ Manuel, and TJ Yates to work out on Monday.

Manuel and Sanchez are former first-round picks. Manuel was cut by the Raiders before the season. He saw action in two games last season. Sanchez, 32, was the Bears’ third-string QB last year. He was suspended four games to start the season due to a failed PED test.

Yates, 31, played four games last season for the Texans, throwing four touchdowns.

Washington’s current starting quarterback following the injury to Smith is Colt McCoy.

Mark Sanchez blames contaminated supplement for failed PED test

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez is blaming a contaminated supplement for his failed PED test.

Sanchez was suspended four games for a positive performance-enhancing drug test, the NFL announced on Friday. The free agent quarterback said on Instagram that he was “blind-sided” by the news. He also said that he passed the tests before and after the positive test, which he believes is a sign that he was not cheating and that further confirms his belief that he ingested a tainted substance.

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The four-game suspension will make it tougher for Sanchez to find a gig. He was third on the Chicago Bears’ depth chart last season and did not see any regular season action. The former No. 5 overall pick has thrown 99 passes in the NFL since 2015.