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November 6, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRAD SMITH was a New York Jet when Mark Sanchez was a budding star, a first-round, fifth-overall draft pick who quarterbacked the Jets to successive AFC Championship Game appearances in Sanchez's first two NFL seasons. "That team was a lot like this team, those first 2 years. Real tight-knit group," Smith, now an Eagles wideout, said yesterday. "Guys that play for each other - the culture is built for 'We all take care of each other' . . . That's the kind of vibe he's getting [here]
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December 18, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE JETS surrendered two picks and three players to trade up and take Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009. He was the quarterback when the Jets went to the AFC title game his first two seasons. He earned a clever nickname. But the value of "The Sanchise" plunged in 2011 and 2012. He had a chance to rebuild his brand's equity this season as Nick Foles' replacement. That equity spiked early, but the specter of two tough, meaningful games loomed as better gauges of Sanchez's true value.
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November 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The low point? You want to know the low point for Mark Sanchez during his career with the New York Jets? You want an understanding of and appreciation for how far he's come, how different everything is for him, now that he has assumed the Eagles' starting quarterback job because of Nick Foles' cracked clavicle? Seriously, you want to know how bad it was? Good luck with that. Good luck plumbing those depths. It's impossible to pinpoint just one moment. Think about this: Over the final 51/2 weeks of the 2012 season, the last one in which Sanchez took a regular-season snap for the Jets, the following happened: He was involved in what might be the greatest gaffe in football history - the "butt-fumble" on Thanksgiving night against the New England Patriots.
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December 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New England Patriots have lost only six home games in the last six seasons, so there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who know what it's like to leave Gillette Stadium with a victory. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of them. Sanchez lost four regular-season games with the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., but he was the winning quarterback against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2011. Sanchez is expected to be the Eagles' No. 2 quarterback Sunday when the Patriots host the Eagles.
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September 25, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Chip Kelly inherited an uncomfortable quarterback situation the day he reconsidered owner Jeffrey Lurie's offer to become the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. One-hundred-and-forty weeks later, the coach could be on the precipice of that same precarious position. Only the names have changed. Sure, Kelly is expressing confidence in Sam Bradford as his 0-2 team prepares for a must-win road game Sunday against a New York Jets defense that has allowed the fewest points (17)
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November 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Leaning on a wall outside the visiting locker room at Lincoln Financial Field late Sunday afternoon, Mike Tannenbaum didn't dare discuss how Mark Sanchez had helped to win him one more football game. The Dolphins' vice president of football operations, Tannenbaum was the Jets' general manager in 2009 when they traded up to draft Sanchez with the fifth overall pick, so sure were he and Rex Ryan that Sanchez's elite pedigree and affable personality made him the perfect franchise quarterback.
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July 30, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
If there is one position where the Eagles have seen consistent change during the brief era of Chip Kelly, it has been at quarterback. Whoever takes the Eagles' first snap on Sept. 14 against the Atlanta Falcons - whether it is Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or somebody else - he will be the third different quarterback to open the season for the Eagles in Kelly's third season. When Kelly took over the Eagles in 2013, he inherited Andy Reid holdovers Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
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December 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second act of Mark Sanchez's NFL career started in March when the Eagles gave him a one-year contract to be Nick Foles' understudy. It became more intriguing in August, when Sanchez completed 80.6 percent of his passes during the preseason and appeared to fit in Chip Kelly's offense. But Sanchez finally returned to the spotlight seven weeks ago, when he prepared to start for the first time in nearly two years. Sanchez remarked how it was a familiar feeling. Much of the last two months have been familiar for Sanchez.
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July 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The start of Mark Sanchez's new life as a backup quarterback had something in common with the way his former life as a starter faded. The performance did not match the name. Sanchez was a full participant throughout the Eagles' spring practice despite October surgery on a torn labrum, although he did not appear to be fully recovered. He improved as the spring progressed, and continued making strides upon returning to Philadelphia for training camp last week. Sanchez delivered three sharp days of practice before the team took a day off Tuesday, and the former Jet is on his way to fortifying the Eagles' depth behind Nick Foles.
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August 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every player is available for the right price, but quarterbacks are at a premium, even backups like Mark Sanchez. The St. Louis Rams need a starting quarterback after they officially learned on Sunday that Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury. Sanchez, in light of his strong preseason with the Eagles and his previous working relationship with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, has been mentioned as a possible target. If St. Louis comes calling, the Eagles should ask for at least a conditional third-round draft pick.
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May 3, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
LET'S CONSIDER, "What if?" As in, "What if the Eagles stood pat for the 2016 draft? What if they never made the two big trades and simply drafted 13th?" And, so: A retro mock draft. It's impossible to completely put the horse back in the barn. The team's salary structure was altered the day it began delousing itself of the Chip Kelly era, trading Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray and Mark Sanchez for picks. Its needs changed, too, some of which were filled before the draft; Sanchez and Maxwell, for instance.
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March 13, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
REPORTERS OFTEN ask athletes coming to Philadelphia what they know about the city. Cheesesteaks, Rocky Balboa, the tribulations visited upon Santa at a long-ago Eagles game - these tend to be among the responses. Brandon Brooks volunteered that this is the site of the nation's first bank. Indeed, it is, established by Alexander Hamilton in 1791, still standing right there on 3rd Street, a few blocks down from the Liberty Bell, if Brandon would like to visit, now that he's here for five years and $40 million, $21 million guaranteed, to start at right guard for the Eagles.
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March 12, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Doug Pederson squashed any notion that there would be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia - or even an open competition - by declaring Sam Bradford the Eagles' starting quarterback and Chase Daniel as the No. 2 quarterback. Multiple reports surfaced after the Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract that he would have a chance to compete for the starting job. Pederson wanted to make clear that Bradford is his quarterback, in case that wasn't known when the Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year, $36 million contract with $22 million guaranteed on March 1. "Talking about the quarterback situation going forward, Sam Bradford is the No. 1, Chase Daniel is the No. 2, and we're working on the No. 3," Pederson said Thursday.
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March 8, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
They focused on signing their own players during the last six weeks, but the Eagles can begin negotiations with agents for players from other teams Monday. The NFL's "legal tampering" period opens Monday and leads up to the start of free agency Wednesday at 4 p.m. With about $17 million to spend, the Eagles can be active - but they don't have as much money as some of their competitors, with 20 teams holding more salary-cap space and 10 teams exceeding $40 million. The Eagles need to upgrade their offensive line and potentially search for a starting safety.
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December 16, 2015
Question:  After everything, are the Eagles going to win the division? Les Bowen: Sure, why not? I have no idea. They have to beat the Redskins and Giants over the final two weeks to win the division, and I'm not sure how anyone who has really watched this team all season can be definitive about that, either way. But if I have to pick a side, I'll go with, "Sure, why not?" The Eagles just trudged past a Buffalo team that probably was as good as Washington or New York.
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December 9, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released wide receiver Miles Austin a day after he was inactive for the first time this season. The team announced the move Monday, but didn't yet make a corresponding move to replace Austin's spot on the 53-man roster. Rookie Jonathan Krause, who was signed off the practice squad before the Lions game, got the nod ahead of Austin on Sunday against the Patriots. He had one catch for four yards. The Eagles had seven receivers - a large number - on the roster before Austin's release.
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December 5, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New England Patriots have lost only six home games in the last six seasons, so there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who know what it's like to leave Gillette Stadium with a victory. Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of them. Sanchez lost four regular-season games with the New York Jets in Foxborough, Mass., but he was the winning quarterback against the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs on Jan. 16, 2011. Sanchez is expected to be the Eagles' No. 2 quarterback Sunday when the Patriots host the Eagles.
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November 29, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Mancinelli and Melanie McDonough were home for the holiday, and with time to burn Friday afternoon before the struggling Flyers played Nashville, they visited a corner dubbed "Fan Zone" inside the Modell's store on Snyder Avenue. A wave of discounted despair confronted them. Mark Sanchez and Riley Cooper Eagles jerseys marked 25 percent off. Red Phillies pinstripes with "UTLEY 26" on the back hanging from a rack. The 76ers jersey not yet worn by Joel Embiid, slashed by 50 percent.
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November 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days away from their Thanksgiving game with the Detroit Lions, the Eagles remained mum Tuesday on the identity of their starting quarterback. Although there are indications that Mark Sanchez will start for the second consecutive week, Sam Bradford is hoping to return to action. The Eagles had only a walk-through on Tuesday. Bradford was limited, which means he did not take his usual allotment of first-team snaps. He has been cleared from his concussion but still has discomfort from a separated non-throwing shoulder.
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November 25, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford returned to practice on a limited basis Monday after he was cleared by an independent neurologist to return following a concussion he suffered on Nov. 15. He also had a separated left shoulder. There was no word on whether Bradford would play Thursday against the Detroit Lions, or whether Mark Sanchez would make his second consecutive start. Coach Chip Kelly refused to discuss Bradford's injury. When offensive lineman Lane Johnson was asked who he thinks will start, he said Sanchez without hesitation.
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