He's just over 10 weeks removed from surgery, the minimally-invasive procedure he underwent on his left knee to help strengthen the ligaments around his patella tendon.
The road to recovery has been a slow one, mostly because the team wants to take its time with the franchise quarterback. But rehab is going great for Mark Sanchez, or to use the word that he offered up at last night's charity event in Manhattan when I asked him about his progress ...
"Just been throwing and stuff, just mostly stationary," Sanchez said, "just doing little drops here and there. But we’ve got the whirlpool treadmill up to full speed. This thing is awesome."
Sanchez still isn't able to do much football-related activities beyond his few throws and handful of drop backs. That could be changing soon, however, if things continue at their current pace.
"It’s been good," he said. "My leg strength is getting back and I’m feeling great. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll be ready to go."
So Sanchez may be able to get on the field and participate in either some of the final four OTA sessions -- we have access May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10 -- or the mandatory minicamp slated for June 14-16. If so, that means he'll get an opportunity to work with some of his new weapons in practice situations before shuffling off to Cortland for training camp in August.
That includes Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes and future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson. There also may be an adjustment when Sanchez steps under center Nick Mangold for the first time and sees either Vladimir Ducasse or Matt Slauson lined up at left guard rather than Alan Faneca.
The swift change is surely unlike anything Sanchez witnessed in his days at USC, but he's beginning to understand what the NFL is truly all about.
"They are in the business of winning," Sanchez said. "Mr. Tannenbaum, Mr. Johnson, they will assemble the players necessary. I think they've made some big-time moves and guys were available. So that’s what they did and they felt that was right.
"No matter who they bring in, we’ll bring them into our locker room and our culture, and we’ll get ready to go. But for me, it was win now last year, it was win now this year, and it’ll be win now next year. So I don't know if it changes anything in our goals. Maybe from the outside it might seem like that, but that's just the way they are."