Mark Sanchez didn’t bat an eyelash when the Denver Broncos chose Paxton Lynch with the 26th pick this past weekend’s NFL draft. In fact, it affirmed his belief that he is still the team’s starting quarterback.
Sanchez was the first one to reach out and congratulate Lynch for being drafted into Broncos. He said, “If you see something, whether it’s on the field, off the field, you can just help him out as much as you can.”
The defending Super Bowl champions’ selection of the former University of Memphis quarterback is something Sanchez has already prepared for since his dream-come-true Broncos trade in March. If anything, he saw the rookie’s addition to the team as a vote of confidence from his bosses, general manager John Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak, USA Today reported.
“My focus wouldn’t change,” he said, shutting down rumors that he’s threatened about the Lynch pick.
“Why become a slave to your emotions like that? It’s not worth it, you’re just spinning your wheels for nothing,” Sanchez said, as per ESPN.
“Whether it was a veteran who came in, any of those things that were out there, any of these guys in the draft that were going to the pros this year, just bring it on,” he added.
In fact, during the first Phase II workout of the offseason, he’s getting busy doing three things: get to know his teammates better, learn the playbook, and get involved in the community, according to 9news.com.
As Sanchez is establishing himself as the leader of the team, Lynch needs to shape up with the steep learning curve he’s going to be thrown into for the coming rookie minicamp on Thursday night.
Together with Broncos’ back-up QB, 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian, GM John Elway believes that they are ready to defend their Super Bowl title against Carolina come September.
As the 29-year-old starting quarterback enters his ninth season in the NFL this season, now is the best time to prove his worth for the team that boasts of five consecutive division titles, with two Super Bowl wins under its belt.