"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's [Bradford] still recovering," Sanchez said after taking batting practice at Citizens Bank Park with several of his teammates Friday. "So that's the reason [for the signing], at least as explained to me. We're excited about the upcoming year and I think we have a great group."
After the Eagles signed Tebow Monday, vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz said Thursday the team was intrigued with Tebow's improvement in his workout (see story).
Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since being cut in 2013 by the New England Patriots, but his last regular-season snap came with the Jets in 2012 when he was teammates with Sanchez.
That year was a disastrous campaign for both Sanchez and Tebow, as Greg McElroy ended up starting at quarterback by December.
Since then, Sanchez has undergone a career turnaround of sorts in Philadelphia, performing capably in eight starts after Nick Foles went down for the year last season.
Foles was traded in the offseason to the Rams for Bradford, while Sanchez signed a two-year contract over the offseason to remain with the Eagles.
Sanchez says the Eagles' wild offseason orchestrated by Chip Kelly — which may not be over yet — hasn't affected him much.
"I knew we were going to have to do something," he said. "Like I said, it’s going to be a fun year. Coach Kelly knows what he’s doing. Don’t worry too much. It’s only April. Things will fall into place. We’ll be just fine.”
Watch the video above to see Sanchez's full comments.