Sudfeld completed 11-of-21 passing attempts for 72 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to Cleveland.
While it was a step back from his performance the week prior against New England, the 24-year-old was better than Nick Foles in this one. Of course, one game won't change the depth chart, but the fact that Foles was dealing with a shoulder injury coming into the game could mean more security for Sudfeld. Fortunately for the Eagles, it sounds like Carson Wentz is making good progress and looked good in a workout held before the game.
Sudfeld completed 10-of-14 passing attempts for 140 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh. He also rushed twice for five yards.
Overall, it was a good night for Sudfeld, who started slowly throwing his first interception on the Eagles' first drive. As the game progressed, however, the 24-year-old showed a mix of touch and accuracy while under center, throwing a 63-yard touchdown pass to Sheldon Gibson while completing 71% of his passes on the evening. Despite the solid showing, Sudfeld will need an injury or a Nick Foles trade to become fantasy relevant this season.
Despite starter Carson Wentz (knee) being expected to be ready to go for Week 1 of this season, the Eagles will still likely carry three quarterbacks on their active roster in order to maintain depth at the position and protect themselves should Wentz suffer any kind of setback during the regular season. The 24-year-old did appear in one game last season when the Eagles had already locked up home-field advantage for the playoffs, and he was solid in the outing, completing 19 of 23 passes for 134 yards.
Sudfeld is expected to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Cowboys, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Eagles, who have locked up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, have little to play for in Week 17 other than staying sharp heading into the postseason. With that in mind, head coach Doug Pederson wants starting quarterback Nick Foles, who has started the last two games after Carson Wentz (knee) suffered a season-ending injury, to play about one quarter before Sudfeld enters the game. The lack of a full four quarters -- in addition to his inexperience at the NFL level -- renders Sudfeld little more than a fantasy dart.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson hinted Tuesday that Nick Foles would start Week 17 against the Cowboys but also that he would like to get Sudfeld into the game at some point, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
The Eagles kept up their winning ways Sunday against the Raiders while Foles made his second start in place of the injured Carson Wentz (knee), but the victory came mostly on the strength of the Philadelphia defense. Foles completed only half of his 38 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown and threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter, an outing that likely didn't inspire much confidence from Pederson ahead of the playoffs. With the 13-2 Eagles locked into the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the team's top priority will be avoiding injuries to key players, but Foles appears likely to direct at least a drive or two in an attempt to enter the postseason on a high note. Expect Foles to eventually give way to Sudfeld, though the uncertainty regarding when the quarterback change might occur makes both signal callers unappealing options in Week 17 matchups and DFS contests.
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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