By Jack Ryan
Mark Sanchez may be penciled in as back-up quarterback behind Eagles starter Sam Bradford, but he is showing leadership in another area:
When Sanchez was the starting quarterback for the Jets, he would host annual “Jets West” workouts in California with receivers and running backs before the start of training camp.
Sanchez is holding a similar set of workouts with his Eagles teammates. NJ.com reports that several members of the offense will join Sanchez in San Diego for the next few days.
Quarterback Matt Barkley; quarterback/receiver G.J. Kinne; running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles; wide receivers Jordan Matthews, Quron Pratt,Rasheed Bailey and Seyi Ajirotutu; and tight end Andrew Gleichert are all expected to be in attendance.
There are some notable absences from that group with Bradford at the top of the list. Bradford is still rehabbing his torn ACL, which kept him from being a full participant during the team’s offseason work.
That’s not likely to impact Bradford’s chances of winning the job if he’s healthy. The Eagles didn’t trade for his $13 million salary in order to sit him on the bench, but Sanchez’s familiarity with the offense and extra work with the first team this offseason should serve him well if the Eagles are forced to go in another direction.