Perfection is virtually impossible for an NFL quarterback to achieve, but Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is hoping that practice will at least make him New York’s starting signal-caller in 2009.
“I feel a lot better,” Sanchez told jetsblog.com on Tuesday. “This is the third time the plays have been installed. First in OTA (Organized Team Activities), then we had a couple days of practice right before we reported for camp in Cortland [N.Y.], and now I’m getting all of these plays for the third time. It’s really starting to sink in. I’m feeling good. I’m asking the right questions, and I’m performing a lot better. It’s good.”
Sanchez, who is competing with veteran Kellen Clemens for the Jets’ starting quarterback spot, is starting to feel more comfortable.
“I felt good,” Sanchez said of Tuesday’s seven-on-seven drills. “I felt ‘right on.’ I was delivering the ball well, the guys were running the right routes, and it shows that the chemistry is getting better and better, and things are improving.”
He and his coaches are equally anxious to see what Sanchez can do in game-like situations in the team’s Green-White scrimmage Thursday.
“[I want to] just [keep] being smart and managing the game [well] and being smart with the ball,” Sanchez said. “Also moving the chains and knowing the situation. In practice every day, you work on a specific situation. [Tuesday], it was short yardage and goal line. Sometimes, it’s four-minute offense, two-minute offense, and in the scrimmage, any of those situations [could] pop up at any time. It’s time to put all that practice into play, know what situation it is, and show that by the way you play.”