Mark Sanchez has looked shaky at times during the preseason, but no one on the Ravens defense is overlooking the second-year New York Jets quarterback.
"He's definitely developed," defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said Friday. "I think anybody that's played as many games and is as talented as he is, playing all of the games that he's played and under pressure during the run they had, he's definitely a much better quarterback."
Sanchez completed 53.8 percent (196-of-364) of his passes and managed a Jets squad that advanced to the AFC championship game. That experience was invaluable to his development, according to Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce.
"The man went to the AFC championship last year, so I think he's seen everything," Pryce said. "So I don't think you can try too, too much. The defense he practices against every day is like ours, so I'm sure he's seen every look there is to give."
Sanchez, however, tied for second in the league with 20 interceptions, and he was tied for 15th in sacks with 26. The Ravens would love to force Sanchez to win Monday's game with his arm.
"You'd like to make any team one-dimensional," Mattison said. "If you could do that in any game you play, that's kind of your goal. The thing that he gives you is the ability to take shots, to go long, and he has the whole game. He can run the boots, he can do all of it. So he's a good quarterback. But they're a running football team. The bottom line is, they pride themselves on being able to run the football and obviously we pride ourselves – and any great defense prides itself – on being able to stop the run. That's the most important thing."