EAGLE NATE SUDFELD: NEXT QB UP THURSDAY NIGHT VS. STEELERS!

By Michael Donovan

With Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz still rehabbing his left knee after ACL and LCL surgery and back-up Nick Foles — who won the Super Bowl MVP with a superb game — not practicing because of a sore something or other (the Birds are calling it an “upper body injury”), the next QB up is Nate Sudfeld.

He may be the Eagles starting QB Thursday night at the Linc in the first exo against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He’s a third-year man whom the Eagles signed last year as the Washington Redskins cut him to reach the 53-man roster limit prior to the 2017 regular season.

The Eagles brought Sudfeld on board to their practice squad and then in November promoted him to the active roster.

“It’s been quite a road,” Sudfeld says now. “You learn about the business in a hurry in the NFL.”

Sudfeld has taken a ton of reps in the spring and through the halfway point of training camp, and he’s on course to throw upwards of 100 passes in the four preseason games to come.

With Wentz certainly not going to play and with Foles sidelined by an undisclosed injury the last few days that is not expected to be anything lingering, Sudfeld is in line to start Thursday night.

“I’m really excited about have it kind of matter and play under the lights a little bit,” Sudfeld told the team’s website. “I’m just excited to go out with my teammates and keep doing what we’ve been doing, try to progress every day and get better. I’m looking forward to competing.

“I’m sure I’ll get some reps (Thursday). I’m not sure how they’re going to spread them out, but I’ll be ready to go and I’m really excited about it.”

Sudfeld is a big guy (6-6, 227 pounds) with a good arm and nimble feet. He played in the regular-season finale last year, against Dallas, and completed 19 of 23 passes, adding in a 22-yard scramble, in his NFL debut. Sudfeld’s progress throughout the season was enough for the Eagles to suggest, at various times in this offseason, that Sudfeld could maybe, possibly someday, become a starting player in this league.

For a sixth-round pick who was ditched basically after a season and a summer by the team that drafted him, that’s high praise.

But that’s the kind of progress Sudfeld has shown.

“I feel like physically I’ve improved a lot. I’ve gotten a lot stronger in our strength and conditioning program,” Sudfeld said. “I feel like I’ve gotten a lot faster. I feel like I’ve got better quarterback mechanics going from last year into this year with Coach Flip (former quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, now the offensive coordinator in Minnesota) and then Press (Taylor, quarterbacks coach) have done a great job with my mechanics. I’m still a work in progress but just trying to get my feet quicker and be more explosive.

“I think a year in, having confidence, having played last year in the regular season, and then getting a lot of reps in this offseason, being able to spit out the verbiage in the huddle, things like that. Actually getting reps is the best thing to get. I think I’ve improved, but I’m still reaching.”

“I’m excited. Every rep is great for me,” Sudfeld said. “I’m going to go out there and have fun and play football.”

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