The Philadelphia Eagles bring on another veteran quarterback to compete for a backup role in Cody Kessler.
Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman couldn’t stress it enough when they said they planned on finding a quarterback to come in and compete with Nate Sudfeld for the backup position. It was clear the Eagles were going to draft a quarterback at some point after Jeffery Lurie expressed his desire in the Eagles getting younger players on board to develop them. But there was also a clear message from Doug Pederson and the front office that a veteran quarterback was necessary as well. That’s where Cody Kessler comes into play.
The Eagles clearly value a backup quarterback more than most teams. After Nick Foles came in and helped lead the team on a Super Bowl run in 2017 after Carson Wentz went down, they realized they needed to put more stock into the backup position. And after witnessing Wentz go down for a second consecutive season, the Eagles are unaware of just how reliable he will be moving forward. Hence the reason why they are trying to find the very best option at backup.
Another name to add to the mix
Nate Sudfeld is decent, but he doesn’t have much experience. With only 25 career attempts, it’s unclear just how productive Sudfeld would be if Wentz happened to go down once again. It was clear that Sudfeld was going to be the backup in 2019, but Doug Pederson didn’t want to just hand out jobs – he wants to make the young veteran earn his spot by competing with others.
The Eagles drafted Clayton Thorson in the fifth-round this year, while also adding former AAF quarterback, Luis Perez into the mix. After Perez failed to impress early on in mini-camp, the Eagles realized the competition on board might not be enough. Although Kessler has proven in three years in the NFL that he’s not really a starting caliber quarterback, he does, however, have enough experience to be viewed as potentially a reliable backup.
With the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kessler attempted 349 passes. He completed 64.2-percent of his passes in his career. Although his eight touchdowns to five interceptions, along with a record of 2-10 doesn’t look promising, it’s also necessary to add that Kessler was in struggling offensive systems as the Browns failed to win a game in 2016, and the Jags struggled tremendously as a whole in 2018. Kessler isn’t a lock, but the move makes sense.