Eagles QB Nate Sudfeld looking to get a ton of reps in the preseason
It will be Nate Sudfeld’s time to shine during the 2018 preseason.
The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles are just a couple of days away from kicking off the 2018 preseason. Unlike last year though, they may be missing quite a significant amount of starters to kick off the offseason schedule. While it may be bad news for the typical football fan who watches the first few drives and ditches the broadcast, it is terrific news for those young players who are working to crack the final roster.
Over the last few preseasons, the Eagles didn’t exactly have the best quarterback play. Let’s all take a moment to remember the days of watching guys like Chase Daniel and Matt McGloin struggle to throw the ball down the field to an open receiver. After a few brutal years, the Eagles finally have some solid depth at the quarterback position to keep everybody entertained.
Obviously, the Eagles have the best backup quarterback in the NFL (yea that’s right, Jacoby Brissett.) Unfortunately, it looks like Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will be kept on the shelf for a little while longer. For those who don’t know, Foles has been dealing with an upper-body injury that has kept him on the sidelines for the last few practices. That leaves open plenty of opportunity for third-year veteran Nate Sudfeld, and former Green Bay Packers quarterback, Joe Callahan.
What to expect from Sudfeld:
Everybody outside of the Nova Care Complex walls has hardly seen Nate Sudfeld play. Aside from the dreadful three quarters during Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, Sudfeld hasn’t done much in midnight green. After all, he was signed after the preseason last year and just called up from the practice squad midway through the season in 2017 when another team tried to poach him.
This week will be the first time that Nate Sudfeld enters onto Lincoln Financial Field as QB1 with the starting lineup. While the starters most likely won’t see too much action, it will be interesting to see what Sudfeld can do with some decent talent around him for a series or two. Considering that he will likely be Wentz’s backup beyond 2018, knowing that the Eagles have security without Foles on board in case of an emergency can be a refreshing feeling.
Sudfeld may be a third-string quarterback, but the Eagles coaching staff have hyped him up since Wentz’s injury occurred back in the winter time. Apparently, Doug Pederson wasn’t grasping at straws when he made some confident statements about their third-stringer. Now, Pederson is putting the young quarterback to the test. On Tuesday, Joe Callahan was informed that Sudfeld will take most of the snaps in preseason.
Aside from problems with consistency, word around town is that Sudfeld has been quite impressive during this offseason. Now, we just have to wait and see if Sudfeld can back up his peers’ confidence in him by playing well against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Thursday.