The first drive of Mark Sanchez‘s Broncos (preseason) career couldn’t have ended any better, even if it got off to a bit of a strange start. The Broncos began their preseason slate with a game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, and they got the ball to start the game.
After a 26-yard kickoff return, Sanchez dropped back to pass on the first snap of the game. And then he threw the ball with his left hand on a play that wound up not counting anyway because of a holding penalty:
The Mark Sanchez era began with a left-handed pass.
— Sean Wagner-McGough (@seanjwagner) August 12, 2016
Mark Sanchez starts at quarterback for the Super Bowl champs, and his first pass (on a dead play) is left-handed. He’s right-handed.
— Paul Klee (@bypaulklee) August 12, 2016
Nine real plays (and a penalty) later, after Sanchez had already completed six of his first seven pass for 71 yards, Sanchez dropped back yet again, then fired a strike down the right sideline to Demaryius Thomas.
The throw was pretty simple, thanks to Thomas lulling Bryce Callahan to sleep, but still! Sanchize! He delivered that in the face of some decent pressure, hung in, and hit his man in stride. That’s exactly what the Broncos want to see, preseason or not.