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Nate Sudfeld leaves Eagles-Titans preseason game with injury

Nate Sudfeld leaves Eagles-Titans preseason game with injury

Updated: 11:41 p.m.

Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld broke his non-throwing wrist in Thursday night’s preseason opener, head coach Doug Pederson said. 

Sudfeld, 25, will have surgery on Friday morning. 

Pederson said the Eagles are excited that the injury is not deemed season-ending, but wouldn’t give a more specific timeframe for return. Pederson said the team would have more updates on Saturday. 

With under 30 seconds left in the first half, Sudfeld was driven into the ground and injured his left arm. Isaiah Mack was called for roughing the passer on the play. The backup quarterback braced for impact, which is when the injury occurred. 

On the ground, Sudfeld immediately grabbed that left wrist in pain. After leaving the sideline on a cart with his wrist in an air cast, Sudfeld had X-rays at halftime that revealed the break. 

Pederson said there are no plans to sign another quarterback right now. That means the Eagles are down to Carson Wentz, Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson. 

“Right now, we’re just going to continue with who we got,” Pederson said. “We’re comfortable with Cody and obviously get Clayton more work. With Nate, this is not season-ending so we’re excited about that.” 

After leaving the field, Sudfeld went into the blue medical tent and veteran Kessler replaced him to finish the first half.

Since Super Bowl hero Nick Foles left in free agency this offseason, Sudfeld became the Eagles’ backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz. We expected to see a lot of him this preseason, but now the Eagles might be without him for a while. With Wentz’s injury history, Sudfeld is considered by many to be a key player for the upcoming season.

Entering his fourth NFL season, Sudfeld was having a good night before the injury. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown, with a passer rating of 107.9.

“I thought he was playing well,” Pederson said. “He was seeing the field good. Great touchdown throw. Had a couple opportunities, missed a little bit wide on a couple throws early, but I thought he really had great poise going in against their No. 1 defense out there and was doing some really good things. Kind of getting into a rhythm there before the half.”

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Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

Eagles hold video meeting with possible sleeper pick WR Quartney Davis

The Eagles are exploring all options to fix their wide receiver corps in this month's NFL Draft. Fans want Howie Roseman to spend top-tier draft picks on big-name receivers, but the team doesn't seem fixated on just one round.

Which is why they recently held a video conference with Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a possible sleeper wide receiver pick who could be available come the later rounds in the draft, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Davis caught 99 passes for 1,201 yards and 11 TD across his two years with Texas A&M. He saw his receptions and yards jump from 2018 to 2019, but his touchdowns and yards per reception both fell.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro explored the Eagles' likely wide receiver options at each level of the draft, and noted Davis could be a solid late-round option to flesh out Carson Wentz's potential weapons.

The Eagles, however, certainly aren't the only team interested in Davis. From Wilson:

"Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis, a rising NFL Draft prospect from Langham Creek High School, has video conferenced with the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

"Davis worked out and met privately for the Arizona Cardinals prior to the social distancing edict from the NFL prompted by the coronavirus pandemic."

Davis, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Combine in 4.54 seconds.

It's worth noting that, over the last 20 years, the Eagles have drafted just two wide receivers after the third round who went on to catch at least three touchdowns with the team: Jason Avant and Riley Cooper.

But in a draft noted for its depth at wide receiver, the Eagles are likely checking in on every possible option at the position ahead of April 23.

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NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles could pick these defenders instead of WR in first round

We're just 15 days from the 2020 NFL Draft, and draft rumors are swirling more than the winds over the Schuylkill. One rumbling we've heard more than once now: the Eagles might be interested in using their No. 21 pick on a defender.

Over at Sports Illustrated on Wednesday, NFL insider Albert Breer answered in a mailbag column one of the hottest questions in this year's draft: Are the Eagles taking a wide receiver in the first round?

And Breer, like Adam Schefter before him, isn't sold. Breer even listed a few possible defensive options the Eagles might like more than, say, LSU wideout Justin Jefferson at No. 21:

I get the idea that Eagles fans are ready to burn the Linc to the ground if Philly doesn’t take one in the first round—given the inactivity in fixing that position this offseason, and awkward contractual spot they’re in with Alshon Jeffery. But I’m not totally convinced it happens.

(...) 

Let’s say (Xavier) McKinney is there. Or K’Lavon Chaisson is there. Or (CJ) Henderson is there and the value in pairing him with Darius Slay, and fixing the corner spot once and for all, is too great.

And to further this, let’s say (Ceedee) Lamb and (Jerry) Jeudy are gone. If Henry Ruggs is there, maybe you take him. Or maybe you think to yourself that taking one of the others makes sense, knowing a similar player, in K.J. Hamler, might be around in Round 2. If Ruggs is gone? Then, it’d seem, the value of the defensive guys may further outdistance, say, Justin Jefferson.

The odds say Jefferson is a likely pick for the Eagles, and they've been linked to him many times. But is that more out of convenience and perceived fit?

Howie Roseman is nothing if not a guy who wants to get value out of his draft picks, and if he thinks the best value at No. 21 is taking a cornerback like CJ Henderson instead of a wide receiver like Jefferson, he'll make the defender move every time.

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank examined today some possible options at wide receiver who might be available in the third round. This is a deep wide receiver draft.

Eagles fans are, indeed, hungry for a young star wide receiver. Roseman knows this, but he still might zig on draft night when fans want him to zag.

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