Philadelphia Eagles face difficult decision for 2020 over Nate Sudfeld
By Dan Parzych
Will the Philadelphia Eagles give it another go with Nate Sudfeld at backup quarterback for the 2020 season?
Over the next few months, the Philadelphia Eagles will face plenty of key decisions when it comes to their roster heading into the 2020 season, including who the backup quarterback to Carson Wentz will be.
Last summer, Nate Sudfeld seemed to be a lock as the backup quarterback of the future when looking at all of the potential surrounding the former Indiana star, but with the Eagles officially in the 2020 offseason, this no longer appears to be the case.
Unfortunately, Sudfeld suffered a broken wrist in the preseason that would eventually lead to Philadelphia convincing Josh McCown to come out of retirement, which actually worked out pretty well since the veteran turned out to be a great mentor to both Wentz and Sudfeld.
Even though the Eagles were able to get through the entire regular season without having to resort to McCown, the veteran was needed for last Sunday’s playoff game with the Seattle Seahawks after Wentz was forced to leave with a head injury.
Experience wise, there’s no question McCown was the better option to fill in on offense against the Seahawks, but since he’s likely heading back to retirement, the question now becomes whether Philadelphia will give it another go with Sudfeld.
With Sudfeld set to become a free agent, a player that once seemed to have a bright future with the Eagles as a backup to Wentz could all of a sudden hit the open market if the team decides to go in a different direction.
After seeing all of the injuries take place this past season, Philadelphia clearly needs a No. 2 quarterback that can be relied on if Wentz were to suffer some sort of injury in 2020, and while Sudfeld could very well be that answer, there is also no guarantee.
Unfortunately, Sudfeld’s wrist injury from the preseason prevented the Eagles from doing a full evaluation on the backup quarterback in August when they really wanted to, and as a result has led to this intriguing situation.
Philadelphia could easily decide to keep Sudfeld around for another year, but also there will be plenty of other quarterbacks available through free agency, some of which who are experienced and more reliable than Sudfeld, as bad as that sounds.