6 Philadelphia Eagles personnel decisions that will shape draft strategy
By AJ Iezzi
Admit it. When you looked at the above photo, you had to double-check to make sure that this wasn’t a picture of Sam Bradford.
Jokes aside, Nate Sudfeld has been held in high regard by the Eagles. They scooped him up off the street after he was cut by the Washington Redskins. He was on the 2017 practice squad, before being brought up to the active roster in an attempt to keep the Indianapolis Colts stealing him.
During his Eagles career, he’s completed 20 passes and thrown one touchdown. Sudfeld even worked his way into the box score in the NFC Championship Game after Nick Foles was pulled. The score was 38-7 at the time just in case anyone has forgotten.
Sudfeld has been in a quarterback room with Doug Pederson, Frank Reich, John DeFilippo, Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and Josh McCown. He’s received a master’s degree in the art of quarterbacking, but it’s clear that his job security is in question.
The backup quarterback’s role is a position that’s of the highest value, and it’s one that needs to be airtight for a team with championship aspirations. Sudfeld didn’t throw a pass this season and was inactive for several games. He wasn’t able to showcase anything that should make the Eagles feel comfortable with him being Carson Wentz’s primary backup. The idea that he’d return for less money seems to be an unlikely one.
McCown is likely to retire and the uncertainty of Sudfeld’s return makes finding second and third quarterback important.