Sanchez (thumb) participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills on Tuesday, the team's official site reports
So much for Sanchez missing time following surgery on his non-throwing hand. Sanchez reportedly split time evenly between rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian before stepping aside during team drills. By practicing, Sanchez gained some valuable time with his receivers and prevented his young competitors from getting too much of a leg up. Too big of a deal was likely made over the importance of Sanchez being ready for OTAs, but showing his new teammates and coaches that he is ready to push himself while injured can only help Sanchez as he strives for Denver's starting job.
Sanchez threw with several of Denver's receivers earlier in the offseason, and head coach Gary Kubiak has stated that the offense's verbiage is similar to what Sanchez played with at USC. The fact that he has a leg up on rookie Paxton Lynch in both familiarity with the offense and the receivers doesn't make missing the beginning of OTAs a non-issue, but it's more of a gain in experience for Lynch than a loss for Sanchez. Lynch is the more physically talented player and will start once he closes the gap between the two on the mental aspects of the game. That will require big strides throughout the summer. If Lynch unseats Sanchez atop the depth chart sooner than later, it probably won't be because Sanchez missed a few practices in May.
Sanchez had surgery on his thumb to speed up his recovery, and with the injury being to his non-throwing hand, he should be able to return even sooner. While it was originally considered unlikely that he would be able to participate for the first few days of OTAs, his comments indicate it may be more feasible than previously thought. The
Sanchez injured his non-throwing hand while working in the Broncos' weight room last week during the team's strength and conditioning program. Although his surgery was minor, Sanchez is still likely to be sidelined when Denver begins OTAs next week. His expected short-term absence leaves rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch and second-year player Trevor Siemian as the only healthy quarterbacks on the Broncos' roster. Even though Lynch should benefit from seeing extra practice reps, Denver will also be eager to have the veteran Sanchez back available to continue his on-field adjustment to a new offense.
The Sanchize has just one year left on his contract, and the Broncos drafting a first-round quarterback might impact Sanchez less than the addition of a player like Brian Hoyer. Head coach Gary Kubiak was very complimentary of Lynch's skillset and ability to adjust to Denver's offense quickly, but expect Sanchez to hold onto the starting job so long as he plays within himself and leans heavily on the team's running game and defense. Remember, Sanchez and the departed Brock Osweiler have posted identical 86.6 passer ratings since the beginning of 2014.
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|P4||9/1/16||@ ARI||9:30 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/16||@ SD||8:25 pm|
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|10||11/13/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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|2009||New York Jets||15||15||364||196||53.8||2444||6.71||65||12||20||26/195||34||8||63.0|
|2010||New York Jets||16||16||507||278||54.8||3291||6.49||74||17||13||27/171||43||10||75.3|
|2011||New York Jets||16||16||543||308||56.7||3474||6.40||74||26||18||39/243||39||2||78.2|
|2012||New York Jets||15||15||453||246||54.3||2883||6.36||66||13||18||34/209||36||5||66.9|
|2013||New York Jets||0||0||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2009||New York Jets||15||15||36||106||2.9||14||3||0||15|
|2010||New York Jets||16||16||30||105||3.5||20||3||1||11|
|2011||New York Jets||16||16||37||103||2.8||25||6||1||12|
|2012||New York Jets||15||15||22||28||1.3||8||0||0||3|
|2013||New York Jets||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2009||New York Jets||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Jets||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Jets||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||15||4||3.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Jets||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||New York Jets||16||9||1||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2011||New York Jets||16||10||8||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2012||New York Jets||15||14||8||0||3||0||0||3||0|
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