As we all know, Mark Sanchez is entering his third year in the league. Most people, including Rex, believe that the third year is where you'll see the most improvement in a player, especially quarterback. Sanchez showed the fans a lot of improvement this past year including: having a knack for clutch plays,looking off the safety, being less turn-over prone, and swallowing his pride by checking down. However, some bad habits are still their with our young QB as his completion percentage is still far too low and he making questionable decisions. He led the NFL last year with most dropped interceptions, 15. Look below to see Sanchez's stats and what we as fans can expect in year three.
Season Team G QBRat Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD Int Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL Fum FumL
2009-10 NY Jets 15 63.0 196 364 53.8 2444 162.9 6.7 12 20 36 106 7.1 2.9 3 26 195 10 3
2010-11 NY Jets 16 75.3 278 507 54.8 3291 205.7 6.5 17 13 30 105 6.6 3.5 3
As seen above, Mark's accuracy is poor and didn't really improve that much from his rookie year. However, he was asked to shoulder the load much more his sophomore season as he threw nearly 150 times more than his rookie year. For the hopefully, upcoming season Sanchez will boost his completion percentage to around 60%. Although that may be looked at as still mediocre, keep in mind Sanchez is a big play guy, boom or bust really. He will never be a Chad Pennington or Peyton Manning completing almost 70% of his passes. However, I think we will see a decent spike in completion percentage this year.
Although he may lose at least one of his free agent wide receivers, I still believe Sanchez will bloom into an upper echelon(Top 10-15) quarterback for the 2011 season. For one, people saying the loss of Holmes or Edwards would greatly hurt our passing attack; yet, Sanchez had his best interval of the season throwing for 6 TD's and 0 Int's while Holmes was on suspension.
Overall, I believe Sanchez and the Offense will open up even more this year and become a quarterback who can win in a shootout or when his running game doesn't support him. It's not crazy for him to throw around 25-30 TD's next year and taking the next step in becoming a hopefully, elite quarterback. My projection: 26 Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions, 3650 yards, 61% completion. Thoughts?