Cortland – Heath Evans needs to spend more time here

Cortland – I’m a fan of Heath Evans.

I really am.

He’s one of the few former players in broadcasting who isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and ruffle some feathers.

But I think his comment today from Cortland, for NFL Network, was a little unfair.

“You see a lot of accuracy, a lot of zip on the ball obviously from Geno,” Evans observed from Cortland today. “You see some balls sailing, or what I would say floating, for Mark Sanchez.”

For him to come to Cortland, for one practice, and cast aspersions on Mark’s arm, is very unfair.

First of all, in one practice, with the quarterbacks splitting reps, there aren’t a ton of passes to base the assessment on.

And you know what, Sanchez has of questions to answer about his game, but his arm strength is not high on the list.

Perhaps Smith throws a prettier ball than Sanchez, but there is so much more to the position than that.

And both of these players, Mark and Geno, have a lot to prove this summer in other QB departments – pocket presence, field vision, reading defenses and so forth.

This competition shouldn’t be about who throws the prettier ball.

As Chip Kelly said recently, “Sometimes the arm strength aspect of it.  We’re not trying to knock over milk cartons at a county fair. It’s, can you put the ball in the right spot at the right time.”

Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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