As OTAs wind down, Nate Sudfeld steps up at quarterback


The QB had a strong practice on Wednesday and certainly seems in control of job to be Carson Wentz's backup

It was a good day for quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the Eagles’ final open-to-the-media OTA practice of the spring. Next up will be a three-day mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday.

Sudfeld can carry the momentum gained on Wednesday and carry it into next week. As it is, he certainly looks in firm control of the backup job to Carson Wentz. A case could even be made that Sudfeld had a better day throwing the ball than Wentz did on Wednesday.

Not that outplaying Wentz in a spring session means Sudfeld is ready to inherit the starting job. Not by a longshot.

Sudfeld’s performance is encouraging, though, given Wentz’s inability to finish the previous two seasons due to injury and Nick Foles now plying his trade in Jacksonville.

The backup quarterback threw three touchdown passes during red zone, 11 on 11 drills. His best throw was to rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside from about the 3-yard line.

First, it was a terrific pattern by Arcega-Whiteside. Who made two quick cuts, one to the outside then the other to the back of the end zone to get separation from defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon. Sudfeld then delivered a perfectly thrown high throw to Arcega-Whiteside. The throw was released prior to Sudfeld’s receiver making his second cut.

Sudfeld’s ither two touchdowns came to Richard Rodgers in a tight throw from just outside the goal line then a nifty look to and throw to Wendell Smallwood around the 10-yard line that Smallwood finished by racing into the end zone.

Some other mentionable items from Wednesday’s practice:

Receiver DeSean Jackson did not participate for the first time in the four practices the media was allowed to watch…

Linebacker Zach Brown nearly made a terrific diving interception...

Cornerback Sidney Jones ended the day with a nice interception of a Clayton Thorson pass into the end zone.