Cowboys’ newly acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez is trying to get his way into Jason Garrett’s system. The veteran is seen helping Dak Prescott prepare for his debut in the starting post against the New York Giants.
Prescott and the Cowboys will host the Giants this Sunday as they open their season campaign and Sanchez knows the pressure of playing in a season opener. Sanchez told ESPN that he will give Prescott all the help he can give to motivate him leading to their match.
“You’ve got to help the guy on the field. Right now that’s Dak, and you do everything you can to help him,” Sanchez said. “Anything that I know, that I can help him with, I’ve played against the NFC East before, I’ve played against a lot of the teams we’re going to see, I’ve been in those stadiums, any kind of knowledge I can impart on him without bombarding the guy.”
Going into the Giants game, Prescott will be the fourth rookie quarterback to start in a season opener. Aside from Prescott other rookie quarterbacks who earned the same place include Roger Staubach (1969), Troy Aikman (1989) and Quincy Carter (2001).
Sanchez signed with the Cowboys Sunday after he got cut by the Broncos. He was to replace Peyton Manning, who filed retirement after winning Super Bowl 50. But things did not work between him and the Broncos. It gave way for Trevor Siemian to get the starting quarterback post with Paxton Lynch as the backup.
Sanchez explained that he learned lessons throughout the training camp leading to the pre-season matches. He does not regret being traded to the Broncos as he would not end up with the Cowboys now. The Cowboys decided to take in Sanchez after Tony Romo suffered a back injury during their pre-season match with the Seahawks.
Sanchez noted that he is very eager to learn Garrett’s system and work his way with the team. He does not mind backing up for Prescott as he also wants to learn and teach the rookie of things he learned from past experiences.
The Cowboys will be Sanchez’s fourth team as he was originally drafted by the New York Jets then went to play for the Philadelphia Eagles which traded him to the Broncos.
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