Mark Sanchez still has the wheels in motion for a potential full-fledged team workout. But he's not quite ready to put his foot on the accelerator and make it happen just yet.
“We’re working on that," the quarterback said this evening at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiards Tournament in Manhattan to support his RUSH for Literacy program, an event attended by our own Tom Rock, who was gracious enough to hook us up with some nuggets from Sanchez.
"We want to see what’s going to happen with this ruling tomorrow and see what kind of ruling they’re thinking about. A ruling could come in the next week to three weeks, who knows. So we wanted to be cognizant of that before we plan something and have to cancel a bunch of flights.”
Sanchez said he's not sure where it would take place if it did go down, mentioning they're "talking to a bunch of guys.”
Speaking of a bunch of guys, that's the kind of turnout the Jets' third-year signal-caller is hopeful for. The Saints, Patriots and Seahawks each reportedly had somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-plus guys at their workouts, and Sanchez was asked how many he'd expect to show up.
“I don’t know. How many guys do we have on our team? Fifty-something?" he said. "Hopefully fifty-something. That’s what we’re shooting for. You can’t bank on every free agent showing up. We understand that. It’s the business side of things. And we happen to be one of those teams with a couple of handfuls of free agents, so we’ll figure it out.”
Of course, a contingtent of the Jets defensive linemen held their own workout together in New Jersey this afternoon. Sanchez, as you might imagine, was aware of it and was impressed with what Sione Pouha did in bringing Mike DeVito, Muhammad Wilkerson, Jamaal Westerman and Ropati Pitoitua.
“Absolutely. I know Sione had quite a bit to do with that and he’s done a great job," Sanchez said. "Whether it’s working out or taking those guys out to dinner for pizza, that’s the kind of team we have and the kind of chemistry we have. We’re fortunate that way and he did a great job of taking the initiative to do it.”