‘Classic Carson’ Still Thinking About Football
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Nate Sudfeld hit it off with Carson Wentz pretty quickly.
The lanky 6-foot-6 quarterback, who could be a play away from being under center for the best team in the NFC, arrived in Philadelphia early this season after being released in Washington, choosing to head up I-95 for a practice squad spot with the Eagles and an opportunity to work with the brain trust that turned Wentz from promising rookie to MVP candidate in short order, head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and QB coach John DeFilippo.
When Indianapolis came calling with a 53-man roster spot, Sudfeld and his agent took the news to Howie Roseman, who responded with the offer of a promotion.
Despite the Colts presenting the better opportunity to get on the field this season, at least at that time, Sudfeld stayed put largely because he had grown so close with Wentz and Nick Foles.
"They're honestly like brothers to me," Sudfeld, now the backup to Foles after Wentz went down with a torn ACL in Los Angeles on Sunday, said at his locker on Thursday.
A Modesto, Calif. native who went to school at the University of Indiana, Sudfeld was a 24-year-old single guy in a new city come Thanksgiving and it was Wentz, who hosted a number of his teammates at his South Jersey home for a holiday dinner, who put Sudfeld on the guest list.
Just about everyone in the Eagles; organization has talked about how close the QB room has become and Sudfeld offered another example of that when he revealed that shortly after his surgery on Wednesday morning Wentz was on FaceTime with Foles and Sudfeld asking about a new play put into the offense.
"The first question from Wentz, ‘so what's this new play I saw in the emails?' I was like, ‘you sure you want to know right now?" Sudfeld said.
That was largely a rhetorical question from Sudfeld's perspective.
"Do you expect anything less from Carson?" Sudfeld joked. "He was ordering a burger at the same time."
"Classic Carson," he continued. "...He was loopy but he was good."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen