NFL: Colts QB Mark Sanchez hits the ground running on his NFL comeback
By Kyle Meinke – Indianapolis Colts Colts QB mark zeroes in on a lot of different areas of his game, but he’s most comfortable throwing deep.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is already a well-rounded quarterback and an exceptional athlete.
He has the athleticism to be a first-round draft pick.
He’s not quite a prototypical pocket passer.
And his accuracy isn’t nearly as crisp as his numbers suggest.
But in the midst of a slow start to his NFL career, Mark Sanchez is thriving.
“He’s really comfortable in this offense,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of Sanchez.
“He has been really consistent.
In the early days of his career, Sanchez struggled. “
There’s some really good stuff coming out of him.”
In the early days of his career, Sanchez struggled.
He threw a career-high 10 interceptions last season.
But the Colts drafted Sanchez with the second overall pick in the 2015 draft.
He went on to throw for nearly 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons with the Colts.
He finished second in the NFL in passing yards per game in 2017 and finished second to Cam Newton in yards per attempt.
Zeroes out on his speed, and he’s not particularly shifty, but Sanchez has proven he can be effective throwing deep at times.
He missed time last season because of an ankle injury, but it’s a big improvement for him from a passing standpoint.
He completed 67 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and four interceptions, which tied him for the third-best mark in the league.
He completed 65 percent of those passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions, the third highest mark in his career.
He also completed 72 percent of passes with two touchdowns and one interception, the second-highest mark in three seasons.
When it comes to accuracy, Mark is the best passer in the AFC South and the league as a whole.
He had a career high in passing touchdowns last season, and a career low in interceptions.
But he had a huge number of drops in 2017.
That led to a career lowest passer rating of 27.6.
It’s the lowest mark in seven years, which was in 2016.
That was a career worst, and Mark has improved from his 2016 season.
He was 31-of-43 for 328 yards, one touchdown and one pick with two interceptions.
Mark is an excellent athlete, and his arm is strong enough to handle any defense, but when he’s open, he throws the ball with aplomb.
A lot of quarterbacks struggle to throw the ball well when they’re in coverage.
They’ll make a mistake, and they can throw it too deep, but they’re going to get beat for a lot.
Mark has shown in his first three seasons that he can throw the football and make plays.
There’s still a long way to go for Mark Sanchez to become a full-time NFL quarterback.
But it seems like a big step in the right direction.
His biggest obstacle may be finding the right quarterback to play alongside him.
He might have to settle for a backup role, but that seems unlikely given his numbers and arm talent.