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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Denver Broncos landed Mark Sanchez in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles and it’s looking more and more apparent that Sanchez will be the Broncos starter in week 1 of the regular season. The Broncos who were all in last season financially, found themselves strapped for cap space this offseason and they had to make some tough roster moves. Moves that included franchise tagging Von Miller and letting Brock Osweiler leave for the Houston Texans. That left a huge void at the quarterback position for the Broncos especially since Peyton Manning has decided to retire. Now Sanchez who is on his third professional team will step in and try to fill those shoes that are left behind by arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. Sanchez hasn’t been very Manning like over the course of his career. In fact his career stats are 15,126 passing yards for 86 touchdowns and 84 interceptions. Showing why for the most part he has been a back up quarterback in the National Football League. Still their is potential for growth there and maybe Sanchez can learn how to win in the league similar to how Ryan Fitzpatrick did in his later years. Sanchez has been around the game long enough to understand what it takes to succeed at the professional level. He has just had problems putting it all together on the football field. If Sanchez can find a way to cut down on turnovers and make the throws when the teams asks him to. Maybe he can have some success like he did in his first few years with the Jets. He will be in a similar situation with Denver’s outstanding defense, but keep in mind even the Broncos mighty defense might regress with the losses of Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan. On top of that Sanchez won’t be getting any help on the offensive side of the ball if the team does indeed lose C.J Anderson. Lets be honest the Denver Broncos are no where near the team they were in 2015 and Sanchez will be a second tier band-aid compared to the team’s quarterbacks last season. Elway earned his money with last season’s run, but he will find himself in a much more criticized position in 2016. The product the Broncos are putting on the field is far inferior and Mark Sanchez very well could cave to the pressure when it’s all said and done. The Broncos aren’t fooling anyone with this desperate move to put a functional football team together. They are reaching a little bit by asking Sanchez to maintain the level of excellence Manning and Osweiler set in 2015.
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