Mark Sanchez is a starting NFL quarterback again, so of course he could not get through a few days of preparing for the Giants without being asked about the play that will forever be associated with his career.
“What are you going to do? It was a crappy play in a game where we were getting our butts kicked,” a good-natured Sanchez told Redskins reporters Wednesday regarding “The Buttfumble.”
“Who cares? It’s one play. You just move on.”
Giants coach Pat Shurmur has different enduring memories of the former Jets quarterback.
Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2014 and 2015 when Sanchez started 10 games — the last time he had started a game before he starts Sunday against the Giants at FedEx Field.
“He’s extremely competitive,” Shurmur said. “He’s an emotional guy, he really gets into it emotionally. He trains extremely hard. My sense is, he’s been one of those guys that’s first in the building, last to leave, always looking, studying. He’s one of those guys that can be able to finish a play-call as it comes in. He’s got a good set of legs in terms of being able to move around, boots and nakeds and extending plays from that standpoint, so I think that’s the good in him.”
While Sanchez was sitting on his couch just three weeks ago, he was forced into action Monday night after Colt McCoy broke his fibula — only two weeks after Alex Smith broke his fibula and tibia. The 32-year-old Sanchez is trying to get up to speed as quick as he can.
“Two weeks ago it was an unfamiliar position, but really, historically, it’s a familiar position,” Sanchez said. “That’s what makes it fun. You work for something, you pray for something and then it finally happens. You don’t care what the circumstances are, you’re just happy to get a shot.”
Sunday will mark the third time Sanchez plays the Giants in the regular season. He last faced them in Week 16 of 2014 and attempted a career-high 59 passes against them as a Jet in 2011.
“Mark’s … a vet, he’s played in a lot of games and played in playoff games, won a lot of games,” Eli Manning said. “He’ll do a good job, he’ll know the offense, he can still make plays.”
Aldrick Rosas was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals in the win over the Bears, including a franchise-record 57-yarder and the game-winning 44-yarder.
LB Lorenzo Carter (hip) and LB Tae Davis (ankle) did not practice; TE Evan Engram (hamstring), LB BJ Goodson (neck) and WR Sterling Shepard (ribs) were limited.