When the Eagles acquired quarterback Sam Bradford on March 10, the prevailing thought at the time was that the Eagles had just traded for their new starting quarterback.
Now that the Phase 2 portion of the Offseason Conditioning Program is underway at the NovaCare Complex, Bradford will be in position to earn the starting job once he fully recovers from his ACL injury. In the meantime, Mark Sanchez is relishing every opportunity to change the coaches' minds. In fact, he "absolutely" believes that the Eagles' quarterback job is an open competition.
"I started to feel real comfortable and I felt like to be honest, personally, there's some unfinished business we left out there," Sanchez said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet regarding the end of last season. "I know I can play a little bit better than that. I know we can get this team in the playoffs. I think we have the talent to do that."
Sanchez signed with the Eagles in the 2014 offseason as a free agent and took over as the starter midway through the season when Nick Foles suffered a season-ending collarbone injury. Sanchez was 4-4 as a starter helping the Eagles finish with 10 wins for the second straight season. He set a franchise single-season record for completion percentage (64.1) as well as a single-game franchise record for completions (37 at Washington).
Once again, Sanchez was a free agent this offseason, and he decided to re-sign with the Eagles even though there were "some other opportunities out there."
"Really just talking with Coach (Chip) Kelly and knowing I'm coming with the opportunity to compete for the starting job," Sanchez said. "That was important to me."
The Eagles have Sanchez, Bradford, Matt Barkley, G.J. Kinne and Tim Tebow on the current roster at the quarterback position. Kelly explained during the NFL Draft, however, that Kinne would like the opportunity to make the team as a jack-of-all-trades special teams weapon.