Nate Sudfeld will compete to be the No. 2 quarterback in Philadelphia this season behind Carson Wentz, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. Sudfeld will face competition from rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Hurts will likely win the job. But even if Sudfeld is second on the depth chart, he is not worth drafting in any leagues. Sudfeld would only be worth adding in deeper leagues if Wentz suffered an injury.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson suggested Tuesday that while Sudfeld will have to compete for the team's backup quarterback job, he expects the 26-year-old to beat out rookie Jalen Hurts for the No. 2 job behind starter Carson Wentz, Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com reports. "Football teams are going to have to rely on their veteran players, and Nate is one of those guys for us. I have a ton of confidence in Nate to become the backup quarterback," Pederson said. "Nothing is ever handed to anybody, and we always try to create competition at every position, and quarterback is not exempt from that. But I fully expect Nate to come in and be aggressive and do the things that he's capable of doing and become the backup to Carson." Sudfeld made appearances in only three regular-season games through his first three years in the organization, completing 20 of 25 attempts for 156 yards and one touchdown. He dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart in 2019 after the Eagles signed veteran Josh McCown last August, but he'll head into training camp second in the pecking order after McCown wasn't re-signed. While the Eagles clearly have big plans for Hurts after nabbing him with the No. 53 overall pick in April's draft, the abbreviated offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic works against the Oklahoma product's chances of capturing a notable role in 2020, at least as a traditional pocket passer. Hurts could still see occasional snaps as a gadget player or Wildcat quarterback, but Sudfeld's prior familiarity with the Eagles' system and competent play when called upon in the past gives him a major leg up in the battle for the backup gig.
Sudfeld is re-signing with Philadelphia on a one-year contract. Sudfeld received a second-round tender as a restricted free agent last offseason, with the Eagles presumably intending for him to serve as their No. 2 quarterback. The team later signed Josh McCown after Sudfeld suffered a broken wrist during preseason play, thus relegating the 26-year-old to No. 3 status even after he returned to health. With a January report suggesting McCown wants to continue his football career, Sudfeld may be looking at another year as the No. 3 QB, assuming the Eagles even carry a third player at the position.
Sudfeld wasn't active for any of the Eagles' 16 games in the 2019 season. The Eagles clearly think highly of Sudfeld's potential, as they paid him $3.1 million in 2019 to serve as the No. 3 quarterback behind Carson Wentz (head) and Josh McCown (hamstring). If McCown doesn't return for another season -- the 40-year-old suffered a torn hamstring in the postseason -- Sudfeld could become Wentz's primary backup in 2020 should he be re-signed. Sudfeld is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Sudfeld (coach's decision) will be inactive for Thursday's matchup with Green Bay, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports. Sudfeld practiced fully each day this week as he tries to make his way back from a wrist injury he sustained early in the preseason. It seems the 25-year-old is healthy, but the coaching staff will elect to go with Josh McCown as the primary backup behind Carson Wentz for Thursday's game.
Sudfeld (wrist) is officially listed as active for Sunday's game against the Lions, Chris McPherson of the Eagles' official site reports. Sudfeld practiced in full all week and appears recovered from his wrist injury. He and Josh McCown will serve as reserve options behind starting quarterback Carson Wentz.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|3 Year Avg||87.5||52||0||0||7||0||2|