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- Feb 1, 2004
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By Stats LLC & Associated Press / CBS Sports
Mark Sanchez has done everything asked of him en route to being the first rookie quarterback to start a season 3-0.
The New York Jets, though, may need even more from Sanchez as their defense faces their sternest challenge to date Sunday against the high-powered New Orleans Saints, who also carry a perfect record into this game.
The decision to trade up in the draft to select Sanchez fifth overall has paid immediate dividends for the Jets, off to their best start since 2004. The former USC signal-caller won the starting job in training camp and has not looked back, completing 59 percent of his passes for 606 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
"We don't even look at him as a rookie anymore," Jerricho Cotchery said after catching one of Sanchez's two TD passes in Sunday's 24-17 victory over Tennessee. "When we are out there on Sundays, he is not a rookie, he is our leader. He is the guy that is going to make plays for us and help us get W's."
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