- Ashley Fox
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PHILADELPHIA -- Listen up, potential shoppers. If you are in need of a quarterback and are interested in trading for the resurgent Mark Sanchez, you better make an attractive offer because the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t inclined to let him go.
“I mean, we’ll listen to anything for anybody,” second-year Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Sunday morning. “We’re not going to just bury our head in the sand and say no. But it better be a pretty good deal in terms of what it is.”
No team has inquired about Sanchez, Kelly said. Yet.
After getting cut by the New York Jets during the offseason, Sanchez signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in late March and has thrived working in Kelly’s up-tempo system. In two preseason games against Chicago and New England, Sanchez has completed 18 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Against the Patriots on Friday night, Sanchez threw just one incompletion and finished with a 112.2 passer rating.
Although he was limited during offseason workouts while still recovering from a shoulder injury that ended his season last August, Sanchez is back to full strength. During the brief respite between the end of minicamp in June and the beginning of training camp in late July, Sanchez said he finally felt 100 percent healthy while working out with a former coach near his home in Southern California.
Sanchez is No. 2 on the Eagles' depth chart. He has said that, while he would love to start, he is focused on putting good work on film so that when he becomes a free agent again in 2015, he can hopefully land with a team that is looking for a starting quarterback. He also has said he is more than happy to support Nick Foles.
Kelly said that with Sanchez, Foles and Matt Barkley, he feels like the Eagles “have one of the better quarterback situations in the league.” Sanchez has 68 career starts, including the playoffs, while Foles has 17, including a playoff loss to New Orleans last January.
“I’m also a big guy that you better have two quarterbacks in this league,” Kelly said. “So I think unless something blows you out of the water, we’re real confident with Mark starting a game if we need it. ... We need him.”
Kelly was asked, hypothetically speaking, would he move Sanchez?
“What are you giving me?” he responded.
Kelly made it clear: It would take a lot for him to let Sanchez go.
Injuries: The Eagles returned to practice Sunday morning after having Saturday off following their preseason game at New England Friday night. While wide receiver Riley Cooper and running back Matthew Tucker practiced, the Eagles were still without several key players.
Kelly said an X-ray on rookie wide receiver Josh Huff's injured shoulder was negative. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has tightness in a hamstring, should return to practice Monday. Cornerback Cary Williams also sat out with a sore hamstring he injured while returning an interception of Tom Brady for a touchdown.