Sanchez completed 19 of 35 passes for 138 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in two games for the Redskins during the 2018 season. Sanchez was handed a four-game ban for performance-enhancing drugs during the offseason and didn't sign with a team until the Redskins lost Alex Smith to a broken fibula in mid-November. The 32-year-old was pressed into action when Colt McCoy (leg) joined Smith on the injured list, but it didn't take long for the team to turn to Josh Johnson instead. Given his putrid performance, Sanchez may have a tough time finding backup work for 2019.
Sanchez won't be the Redskins' starting quarterback Week 15 in Jacksonville, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports. During Sunday's 40-16 loss, the Redskins offense was putrid under the direction of Sanchez, compiling just 19 yards on 10 drives. With 5:31 remaining in the third quarter, he was pulled in favor of Josh Johnson, and the team rallied for all of its points on the day. Sanchez finished just six of 14 for 38 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked five times. After the game, coach Jay Gruden called Johnson the starting QB for Week 15, which could stand for the rest of the season.
Sanchez replaced the injured Colt McCoy (lower leg) during the second quarter and completed 13 of 21 passes for 100 yards and an interception while finishing Monday night's 28-13 loss to the Eagles. Sanchez was forced into the action after McCoy went down early and was unable to return. Considering Sanchez only joined the Redskins two weeks ago, hadn't thrown a pass in an NFL game in two years, and found himself in predictable passing situations during the second half, it's not surprising he struggled to make much of an impact. However, with McCoy being diagnosed with a season-ending fractured right fibula -- which comes after original starter Alex Smith broke his leg as well -- Sanchez suddenly finds himself as Washington's top option under center. The team will surely add another quarterback ahead of Week 14's game against the Giants, but it appears Sanchez should start that contest, boosting his fantasy value in the process. Given his lack of familiarity with team's scheme, though, it would be wise to really temper expectations of the veteran.
Sanchez signed a contract with the Redskins on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In the wake of Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury, Washington brought in a number of quarterbacks for a workout Monday and evidently settled on Sanchez as the new No. 2 quarterback behind Colt McCoy. The Redskins likely hope he won't see the field.
Sanchez is one of five quarterbacks scheduled to visit with the Redskins on Monday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. Kellen Clemens, Josh Johnson, T.J. Yates and EJ Manuel will also take part in the workout as the Redskins look for a quarterback to join Colt McCoy in the wake of Alex Smith's season-ending leg injury. Now 32 years old, Sanchez hasn't played in a game since 2016 and hasn't made a start since 2015. He failed to catch on with a team for 2018 after receiving a four-game PED suspension during the offseason. With the suspension now out of the way, Sanchez will get his chance to earn a backup job in Washington.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||13||18.75|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||18||19.95|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||27||22.38|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||22||21.25|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||13||18.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||55.6||77||0||2||2||0||-1|