EAGLES BACK-UP QB: CAN CODY KESSLER BE THE NEXT NICK FOLES?

By Peter Gleason

Cody Kessler is the top internal option to replace the injured Nate Sudfeld, but he struggled in the preseason opener, going 3 of 6 for 12 yards and a 56.2 passer rating.

Kessler wasn’t asked to do much with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, but he was accurate on the passes that were thrown 0-to-9 yards. Per Pro Football Focus, Kessler finished fifth in the league in passes that went 0-to-9 yards at 72.3 percent (that measures the away from coverage designation by PFF).

Kessler went 73 for 89 on passes that went 0-to-9 yards for 516 yards, with one touchdown and one interception for an 89.9 passer rating. Kessler has just one touchdown and one interception on passes that went 10-plus yards, going 12 for 31 for 193 yards, finishing with a 57.8 passer rating.

No doubt Kessler has a clear edge over rookie Clayton Thorson, who struggled mightily in his preseason debut. Thorson went 2 of 9 for seven yards and one interception for a 0.0 passer rating, missing wide open receivers and sailing deep throws across the middle of the field. Thorson was a developmental project for 2019, so the Eagles weren’t really counting on him to contribute this year. Could they waste a 53-man roster spot on Thorson? They need more depth at quarterback and can easily get the 2019 fifth-round pick to pass through waivers at this point.

 

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