The third season for any NFL QB is the time where he finally defines himself as either a franchise QB or a perpetual work in progress.
For New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez, 2011 was shaping up to be a bright and successful season. After all, entering his third year, Sachez would be coming off back to back AFC Championship appearances in which the Jets re-tooled their offense to provide Sanchez with the receivers needed to succeed. The fast WR in Santonio Holmes; the tall WR in Braylon Edwards; the third down guarantee in Jerricho Cotchery; the smooth hands TE in Dustin Keller, and the back-field RB in LaDainian Tomlinson.
However, something has changed. The Jets for some reason have decided to change it up. Gone is the sure thing in Cotchery, apparently being replaced by 37 year old Derrick Mason. Gone is the tall WR in Braylon Edwards, replaced by another tall WR Plaxico Burress, who hasn’t played in 20 months and is already injured.