While his former team is conducting a quarterback competition which really isn’t one, Mark Sanchez has no pretense of winning the starting job in Philadelphia.
But he sounds decidedly OK with that.
As New York reporters descended upon Eagles OTAs to talk to the guy who was unceremoniously dumped by the Jets, Sanchez was squarely in happy-to-be-here mode.
“I’m not going to do the comparison thing,” Sanchez said, via Kimberley Martin of Newsday. “I loved everything that happened there [with the Jets]. Everything. Good, bad, ugly, don’t care. It was an awesome time.
“But I’m an Eagle now. I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed.”
The opportunity to work with Chip Kelly overshadowed the seat firmly behind starting quarterback Nick Foles, but Sanchez insisted he was “just entering the prime of my career” after coming off shoulder surgery.
“Maybe this whole shoulder thing and relocation has just been a blessing in disguise,” Sanchez said. “Maybe that year off was exactly what I needed. Got a little rest for my legs, for my arm, and I feel great. . . .
“I just kept thinking, ‘Eagles. This is the place to be.’ I really respected what they did last year . . . And I think they have a ton of talent, especially at the wideout position, tight end position. They’re just overflowing with guys that can play. So that’s exciting for a quarterback.”
After what he emerged from with the Jets, having those kind of offensive weapons must be unusual for him, even if he doesn’t get the chance to throw it to any of them.