Immediately after the New York Jets drafted QB Geno Smith with the 7th pick of the 2nd round, there has been yet another offseason filled with quarterback drama. Many people, from hopeful fans to focused analysts , predicted Geno to be the week 1 starter for the Jets. Sanchez has recently struggled in the past two years of his career, and his career touchdown to interception ratio is 68:69. However, it seems that Geno Smith may be the long awaited match needed to light the fire underneath Sanchez.
Aside from an abysmal start to OTA’s, Sanchez has truly blossomed this offseason. It has been reported by several NFL analysts that Sanchez has truly been playing phenomenally. It appears that Sanchez is determined to beat out Sanchez for the starting job, and his play in offseason camps shows his determination. Sanchez has shown a major improvement in accuracy this offseason, hitting open targets with unexpected perfection. Not only that, but even his decision making seems to have improved quite a bit from last year. Sanchez has been working nonstop so that he can solidify his starting job, and it seems that the hard work is paying off. Although there are still some players in the Jets locker room that would like to see Geno Smith win the job, the atmosphere appears to have changed greatly since when the anonymous source suggested that the entire locker room wants Sanchez out.
However, one should be hesitant before they immediately support Sanchez behind all his offseason improvements. There are several key things to note before we start recognizing him as a decent starter in the NFL. For starters, it is important to point out that Sanchez is playing without pads on right now, which plays a huge difference in throw power and accuracy for a quarterback as inconsistent as Sanchez. Also, he is throwing passes right now without the added stress of defenders charging at him and trying to hit him as hard as he can. Although Sanchez has improved a lot it seems from last year, fans should still remain skeptical before they expect him to perform exceptionally week 1.