The Eagles’ depth at quarterback took a hit in their first preseason game.
However, despite an injury to Nate Sudfeld — who was the team’s backup QB — coach Doug Pederson is happy with the remaining quarterbacks, Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson, behind starter Carson Wentz.
“There’s really not a lot to be said about the quarterback position,” Pederson told reporters Saturday. “We’re very comfortable with the two we have. They are going to get a lot of work now these next several weeks obviously in practice. It’s like any other position on our football team. If we see the need to add depth and value, we will, but at this time we’re confident with the guys we have and moving forward.”
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Sudfeld suffered a broken wrist on his non-throwing left arm in Thursday’s preseason opener. He underwent surgery Friday morning and is expected to return in six weeks, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source and describing the timeline as the “best-case scenario for Philly.”
However, Pederson didn’t go into detail about what would happen if Sudfeld isn’t ready for the season opener on Sept. 8, which is about five weeks after his surgery.
“These are all things we look at,” Pederson added. “We still got time. There’s still three weeks of camp ’til we have to make those decisions. Obviously, those are decisions that when we get closer we’ll have to make.”
Kessler, who is in his first season with the team, seems to be the logical choice for the first in line to be the primary backup behind the oft-injured Wentz.
He has played in 17 career regular-season games compared to Sudfeld, who has appeared in only three.
Thorson, a young talent, will still take some time to develop. The fifth-round pick in this year’s draft went 2-for-9 passing with one interception in his first NFL action against the Titans.