Eagles QB Nate Sudfeld Taking Advantage of his Opportunity
Philadelphia Eagles third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld has seen plenty of action during the first two weeks of the NFL preseason.
In the teams second preseason game, Sudfeld was sharp, completing 22 of his 39 pass attempts for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
The 2016 sixth round pick of the Washington Redskins, now leads all NFL passers this preseason with 452 yards and five touchdowns.
Sudfeld’s has shown the ability to make some big plays and some big throws, and that was on display Thursday night against the Patriots, leading the Eagles to three scoring drives.
"He's really taken some big strides forward," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said.
"This has been great for him. This off-season, this training camp, he's got a ton of reps obviously with the offense and he's got a lot of playing time with this offense, and especially this last week. He's done some really good things.
On 3rd-and-goal from the Patriots’ four-yard line, Sudfeld found wide-out Shelton Gibson for his first touchdown of the night.
"I thought last week he really settled into the football game against their ones on defense for about a series or so and did some nice things," Pederson said.
On his next scoring drive, Sudfeld led the Eagles on an impressive nine-play, 78-yard drive. He started the drive, completing a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Bryce Treggs and a 22-yard pass to wide-out DeAndre Carter to move Philadelphia up the field.
Completions to wide receiver Shelton Gibson and running back Matt Jones continued the drive, and his 17-yard strike to tight end Richard Rodgers on third-and-10 got the Eagles in the end-zone for the second time.
"You have to understand, and I have to realize too, that this is really his first time, so he's almost like a rookie playing," explained Pederson. "So we're still working through progressions and reads and decision making and all the things that come with young quarterbacks."
His most impressive drive might have been his third touchdown drive, where he engineered a three-play, 85-yard drive, going 3-for-3 with touchdown. He found Greg Ward for 11 yards, rookie tight end Dallas Goedert for 28-yards, and then Rashard Davis for a 31-yard score.
The performance from the former sixth-round pick Sudefeld followed up a promising, yet unproductive debut when he finished 10-of-14 for 104 yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason opener.
"He's very mature," Pederson stated. " He understands exactly our offense and what we're trying to get done. Each week there are some nice gains in his performance."
The way he has preformed so far, should make you feel much better in the event that Carson Wentz isn't ready for the season, or decide to trade Nick Foles.