We know that rookie QB Mark Sanchez, despite what’s being described as a “tweaked” knee, will start against the Bills. And after Tuesday, we know that Sanchez also knows the fine art of sliding. And, in all likelyhood, we should know that Sanchez is a different quarterback than the one who completed just 10 of 29 passes for 119 yards and five interceptions in the 16-13 loss to the Bills in Week 6.
“You can’t buy experience,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said about Sanchez. “He went through that and I think he is a better quarterback now than he was then. You play this game long enough, bad things are going to happen to you, unfortunately.
“I think he’s growing in the fact that he understands what we want from him. Don’t force the issue. If it’s not there, then find something else to do with the football. Check it down. Throw the incompletion. Run with it. Take a sack. Anything is better than forcing the ball in particular times and I know he learned from that.”
The latest on Sanchez’s list of new experiences is playing on a short week against an opponent who has already seen him this season, an experience he describes as “learning this whole thing on the fly.” We’ll see how that plays out.
We don’t know much about his knee injury, but he has been taking part in full practices, wearing a brace on the knee.
“I felt good at practice,” Sanchez said. “Full participation. Took every rep, so I’ll be ready to play on Thursday.”