Mark Sanchez may have gone from starter to backup, but the former New York Jets quarterback is not fazed by his spot on the depth chart for one major reason: He's too excited about his new team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sanchez, who missed all of last season while rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered during the preseason, says he has put his five years with the Jets behind him and is ready for what the future holds with the Eagles.
"I'm not going to do the comparison thing," Sanchez said Thursday, according to Newsday. "I loved everything that happened there [with the Jets]. Everything. Good, bad, ugly, don't care. It was an awesome time.
"But I'm an Eagle now. I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed."
Sanchez is transitioning to the Eagles' offense but isn't limited by his shoulder.
"Maybe this whole shoulder thing and relocation has just been a blessing in disguise," Sanchez said, according to the paper. "Maybe that year off was exactly what I needed. Got a little rest for my legs, for my arm, and I feel great."
The 27-year-old, who believes he's entering the "prime" of his career, considered other offers after the Jets released him, but it was Philadelphia's offense that tipped the scales.
"I just kept thinking, 'Eagles. This is the place to be,' " Sanchez said, according to Newsday. "I really respected what they did last year. ... And I think they have a ton of talent, especially at the wideout position, tight end position. They're just overflowing with guys that can play. So that's exciting for a quarterback."
"I was really drawn here because of the offensive minds here," he continued. "I think what they did last year was just the tip of the iceberg."
The Eagles went 10-6 in 2013, their first season under coach Chip Kelly. In his career, Sanchez has thrown for 12,092 yards and 68 touchdowns.