By the end of the Eagles’ preseason game against the Jaguars on Thursday, it’s safe to say Philadelphia head coach Doug Peterson was looking longingly across the field at Nick Foles standing on the opposite sideline.
Philly’s backup quarterback situation is in shambles after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion less than three minutes into Thursday’s contest. Last week, Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist against the Titans.
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Kessler’s misfortune left Clayton Thorson, the 2019 fifth-round pick from Northwestern, to finish the game. He finished a respectable 16-of-26 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 24-10 win.
“It was fun out there. I played a lot and I got into a rhythm and stayed that way,” Thorson said (via the team’s official website). “The receivers did a great job. It just all came together. It was a great experience out there for me.”
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Pederson said after the game the team will evaluate Kessler going forward, but as it stands, he has to be nervous about the quarterback column of his depth chart considering he has just one healthy arm behind Carson Wentz, who has his own unfortunate injury history.
It’s unclear if the Eagles will address the dwindling depth at the position or if they’ll let Thorson handle the vast majority of snaps the remainder of the preseason as they preserve Wentz.
If in a pinch, Pederson could put wide receivers Braxton Miller or Greg Ward, both college quarterbacks, under center.
Ward starred for Houston from 2013-16 and threw 52 career touchdowns for the Cougars, while Miller was electric in three seasons as the starting quarterback at Ohio State aa he was named Big Ten MVP and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year twice.
However, if Pederson had his way, Kessler will clear concussion protocol in the coming days and return Philly’s quarterback situation to some semblance of order.