Impact Rookie: Mark Sanchez 07/10/2009Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
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(Note: from time to time until the season begins, I will spot light rookies that have a chance to make an impact in the NFL this season from a fantasy football perspective.)
The New York Jets traded up in this years draft in order to select USC redshirt junior Mark Sanchez as their
quarterback of the future. With the retirement of Bret Farve, the most experienced quarterback on their roster, Kellen Clemens, has seen action in only 14 games over 3 seasons and has thrown a total of 5 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. With numbers like that, Sanchez is also the Jets quarterback of the present. If Clemens is the opening day starter (my bet is that it will be Sanchez) he won’t keep the job for long.
Sanchez amassed 3207 passing yards with 34 touchdown
passes for USC last season. He was the Offensive MVP in the Rose Bowl, a 38-24 victory over Penn State. Despite having been a starter for only one season at USC, Sanchez became a top 5 NFL draft pick because of his arm strength and passing accuracy. At USC, he rarely threw into coverage and showed a cerebral acqumin for the game, reading coverages with seeming ease. With targets like wideouts Jerricho Cotchery and Chansi Stuckey, tight end Dustin Keller, and Leon Washington and Thomas Jones out of the backfield, Sanchez will have plenty of targets to throw to. He has the arm to make all the throws, from the dump off to the deep pattern. As he becomes familiar with his new arsenal of weapons and adjusts to the speed of the pro game he has the potential to eventually round into an elite quarterback in the NFL.
Last season, his only season with the Jets, Farve threw for almost 3500 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also threw 22 interceptions. Look for Sanchez to accumulate 3100 passing yards and 16-20 Touchdowns in 2009. His interceptions should also be lesss than the 22 Farve threw last season. With the addition of a power runner (Shonne Greene out of Iowa) look for the Jets to run the ball more and throw it less than last season. Sanchez is worth a late round pick up as your 2nd or third quarterback. If he matures faster than expected, he could surprise and surpass these numbers. As the first round draft pick, Sanchez is attempting to pick up the Jets mantle of Joe Namath, not follow in the New York footsteps of Farve.