The pressure is mounting on Mark Sanchez heading into Week 10. The hype surrounding the quarterback has gotten extremely high ever since he was named the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles following the injury to Nick Foles. Sanchez has been working on his redemption tour as a backup and getting rave reviews in the process. The Eagles are prepping for a Monday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is confident Sanchez steps up to the plate.
Sanchez got the Eagles a win over the Houston Texans when he stepped in for the injured Foles. He looked strong after stepping in for Foles. He finished the day with 202 yards and two scores, his first bit of success since getting released from the New York Jets at the end of last season. It also marked his comeback from the season-ending shoulder injury he suffered last year as well. Now, Maclin has jumped onboard the Sanchez Fan Club train nad believes the quarterback can do anything and more.
"Mark can play, man," Maclin said, via CSNPhilly.com. "There's no question about it. He's also surrounded by a lot more talent than what he had in New York, so the sky's the limit. The Mark Sanchez I knew when he got here was the quarterback that led (the New York Jets) to two straight AFC Championship games."
Sanchez has the weapons to work with to be success in Philadelphia. Maclin along with Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper along with tight end Zach Ertz are all significantly better than anyone Sanchez had to throw to in New York. LeSean McCoy is certainly an upgrade at the running back position. If successful during this stint, Sanchez could land a starting job elsewhere in the league. Many wonder if he is the long-term answer in Philadelphia. Head coach Chip Kelly is denying that idea to be true.
"I don't know where that stuff comes from," Kelly said, via PhillyMag.com. "I know this, I know I control the roster. And I think you guys can say first-hand, I don't talk to anybody. So whoever says they have a source in terms of what's gonna go on with roster maneuvers or people going up and people going down, they never talked to the right person because that comes from me, and that never was the case. I've got great faith in Nick, and I think he's a hell of a quarterback, and I think sometimes he gets banged too much, but I wish there was more people like Nick Foles in our lives."