Breaking Down Mark Sanchez's Saturday Night Dropbacks

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  • Second and 8 from the Giants 22.  Mark is operating out of the gun, one receiver is in the slot to the right, and one is wide left.  One back is with Sanchez.  Mark drops back three steps, throws a screen to Shonn Greene in the left flat, who takes it almost to the first down sticks.  Unfortunately the play was nullified by a holding call, but the screen was well designed and executed.
  • Second and 16 from the Giants 30.  On the ensuing play, Sanchez is again operating from the shotgun, two receivers left, and two to the right.  Mark takes the snap and drops back three steps.  The outside right wide receiver runs his man deep, while Keller, from the slot inside right, sits in a hole, and Mark hits him for a six yard gain.  Safe, but picked up some positive yardage to keep it from third down and forever.
  • Third and 10 from the Giants 24.  The Jets set up in the gun, one back with Sanchez, and two receivers to the left.  This was the big one that Mark wishes he had back.  Mark Sanchez takes the snap, and drops back approximately  steps.  Patrick Turner is running a crossing route across the middle, and doesn’t get much, if any, separation from his man.  Sanchez throws the ball behind Turner, and Jarrod Hosley makes the pick and takes it to the house.  Just not well done on either end, by Mark or by Patrick.  A completion could have been had if Mark leads his man there.
  • First and 10 from the Giants 44.  After the ensuing kickoff, the Jets line up two receivers left, one right, one running back behind Sanchez.  Mark takes a quick drop, and hits the slot receiver, Jordan White, who takes the ball up field for seven yards.  Safe for positive yards, but you would like to see a bigger call here, down 13 points., even in the preseason.
  • Second and 3 from the Giants 37.  Mark is in the shotgun, two receivers to either side and one back beside him.  Mark takes a quick three step drop, but again the great Wayne Hunter can’t hold his block against JPP.  The pocket collapses in front of him, and Mark is sacked.  Again, Sanchez had no chance.
  • Third and 7 from the Giants 41.  Sanchez again is in the gun, two receivers right, one left, two backs in the backfield.  Mark takes a five step drop, and hits Dustin Keller short on the right side for a three yard gain.  Again, playing it safe, but it’s hard to tell from the replay if anyone was open downfield.

So Mark Sanchez, all in all, played an efficient game, other than the one throw he, and the rest of us, want back.  He needs time to throw if we want to see him throw deep.  Hopefully this will improve.

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