Mark Sanchez appears to want as much “Tebow Time” now that he’s in Philadelphia as he did when they were in New York.
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Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez told reporters that newly-signed QB Tim Tebow was picked up to be a camp body while starting QB Sam Bradford recovers from injuries.
According to CSN Philadelphia, Sanchez said that he was told by the Eagles that Tebow was only going to be around to throw the ball as an extra QB while Bradford – who the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Rams last month – continues his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered back in August 2014.
“He’s obviously a great guy, he works hard,” Sanchez said. “And we needed another guy to throw while Sam’s (Bradford) still recovering. So that’s the reason (for the signing), at least as explained to me. We’re excited about the upcoming year and I think we have a great group.”
Sanchez has a tumultuous history with Tebow: Tebow was signed as Sanchez’s primary backup when he was the starting QB of the New York Jets in 2012. But as Sanchez struggled and had one of the worst seasons of his NFL career, fans and media members alike called for then-head coach Rex Ryan to bench Sanchez and give Tebow the starting job.
Tebow was cut by the Jets after the 2012 season – throwing less than 10 passes all season – and Sanchez was cut the following season in a cost-saving measure. Sanchez was signed by the Eagles in 2014 and started eight games for them, putting up some of the best numbers of his career. But a shaky finish to the 2014 season prevented Eagles head coach Chip Kelly from giving him the starting job. Instead, Kelly traded former Pro Bowl QB Nick Foles to the Rams for Bradford. One month later, the Eagles signed Tebow.