We discussed earlier that Jets coach Rex Ryan is in no particular hurry to push QB Mark Sanchez back following surgery in February to stabilize his right knee. That doesn’t mean Sanchez — who says he feels “really good” — isn’t prodding his coach.
“I’m trying. I’m asking every day, and it’s a stern ‘no’ immediately,” Sanchez told reporters Thursday. “But, that’s the kind of mentality you’d want your coaches to have because they’re protecting you, and that’s the kind of mentality the coaches want me to have because I’m aggressive and ready to go.”
Sanchez is repeating the company line when he says “It’s not worth the risk,” but he’s right. It’s May. At this point, Sanchez says he hasn’t tried to sprint, scramble or move around quickly in the pocket. He’s currently working only in 7-on-7 drills and individual work.
Sanchez had said his goal was to return for Jets minicamp on June 14-16, but he held off Thursday saying that’s when he’d move into full team drills.
“I don’t know how I’ll feel in the next couple of weeks,” Sanchez said. “I do know that I’m getting better every day, and I haven’t had any regression. So that’s huge. … If we keep progressing, I’m optimistic. I’m trying to make it back. In my head, am I going to be back? Absolutely. But, we don’t know that for sure.”