Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez, who has played well during the preseason, is not on the trading block.
Mark Sanchez is here to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A reporter asked Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during an Aug. 18 press conference if Sanchez, who has played well during the preseason, is on the trading block. Kelly said Sanchez has given the Eagles good value at backup quarterback, per The Philadelphia Daily News' Jane Kaplan:
"It was an interesting hypothetical, given the subject's recent play. And it's a topic that could pop up again should any of the NFL's other 31 teams lose their starting quarterback to injury and lack a better option.
"Toward the end of his new conference yesterday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly was presented with this scenario from a reporter: Considering how well backup quarterback Mark Sanchez has performed in the preseason and training camp, how would the Eagles react if a team called with interest in making a trade?
"'What are you giving me?' Kelly responded. 'I mean, we'll listen to anything for anybody. We're not going to just bury our head in the sand and just say no, but it better be a pretty good deal in terms of what it is. But that's not any of our thought process.
"'We need him, in terms of how he's playing right now, how we can function and what we're doing. And I've always said you need to have two quarterbacks.'
"For the record, Kelly said the Eagles have not fielded any calls regarding Sanchez.
"Through two preseason games, Sanchez has completed 18 of 22 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The former much-maligned (New York) Jets quarterback was 11 of 12 passing in Friday's loss at New England, his long blemish an ill-fated attempt over the middle that was picked off by (New England) Patriots safety Duron Harmon.
"Even if a team was to inquire about Sanchez, the Eagles are high on him as Nick Foles' backup. Sanchez, who is playing on a 1-year contract, is by far the most experienced of the four quarterbacks on the roster, with 62 regular-season starts under his belt and six more in the postseason.
"'I feel very, very confident in our quarterback position,' Kelly said,'probably better than a lot of teams in this league going into it because we've got two guys right now that have actually played in games.'"
ESPN's Ashley Fox also spoke with Kelly on Aug. 17 to get his thoughts on Sanchez:
"Although he was limited during offseason workouts while still recovering from a shoulder injury that ended his season last August, Sanchez is back to full strength. During the brief respite between the end of minicamp in June and the beginning of training camp in late July, Sanchez said he finally felt 100 percent healthy while working out with a former coach near his home in Southern California.
"Sanchez is No. 2 on the Eagles' depth chart. He has said that, while he would love to start, he is focused on putting good work on film so that when he becomes a free agent again in 2015, he can hopefully land with a team that is looking for a starting quarterback. He also has said he is more than happy to support Nick Foles.
"Kelly said that with Sanchez, Foles and Matt Barkley, he feels like the Eagles 'have one of the better quarterback situations in the league.' Sanchez has 68 career starts, including the playoffs, while Foles has 17, including a playoff loss to (the) New Orleans (Saints) last January.
"'I'm also a big guy that you better have two quarterbacks in this league,' Kelly said. 'So I think unless something blows you out of the water, we're real confident with Mark starting a game if we need it...We need him.'"
Tommy Lawlor of the Eagles' official website wrote his observations on Sanchez after Philly's 42-35 preseason win over the Patriots:
"Looked good last week and followed that up with an even better performance against the Patriots. He has solidified himself as the backup quarterback. I also think Sanchez has made everyone comfortable with him as the backup. Sanchez threw a pair of touchdowns in the game. He did throw an interception, but that might have been a good thing.
"We got to see how Sanchez responded to the mistake. He didn't let it get to him. Instead, he led the team on an 80-yard touchdown drive the next time he got the ball back. Things are not always to go smoothly in a game, especially for the backup quarterback. It was good to see Sanchez respond to the pick by basically ignoring it and remaining confident and aggressive."
Sanchez has thrown for 12,092 yards, 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in 62 career games with the New York Jets, per ESPN stats.
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