Updates From Friday, Feb. 21
Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News has the latest on Sanchez's recovery:
Mark Sanchez’s future with the Jets remains uncertain, but all indications are that his surgically repaired throwing shoulder won’t be preclude him from finding a new home if he hits the open market.
Sanchez is throwing with “good velocity” in Southern California four months after going under the knife, according to a source familiar with the quarterback’s rehab program. General manager John Idzik and Rex Ryan wouldn’t confirm on Thursday whether Sanchez had even started throwing yet, but the Daily News has learned that Sanchez is able to make downfield throws at this point as he makes his way back from the season-ending surgery suffered in the third week of the preseason.
Mark Sanchez may be on shaky ground with the New York Jets, but his offseason recovery from surgery is reportedly right on track.
Back in October, Sanchez had shoulder surgery, which wiped out the rest of his season. During his time off the field, he also had arthroscopic knee surgery. That additional surgery hasn't hindered his rehab, per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:
While recovering from shoulder surgery, QB Mark Sanchez had arthroscopic knee surgery. Rehab going well on both fronts. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) February 1, 2014
Many would argue that the writing was on the wall for Sanchez—even before his injuries—when New York drafted Geno Smith No. 39 overall in 2013. Teams rarely take a quarterback that high in the draft if they are confident in the one already on their roster. With Sanchez missing the entire year, Smith would go on to start all 16 games for the Jets, finishing with an 8-8 record.
Even if his time in New York is over, it's likely the five-year veteran will get another opportunity elsewhere, and it's encouraging that he hasn't hit any snags while rehabbing from surgery.