Philadelphia Eagles training camp 2018 is almost here. Players report to the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday, July 25. The Eagles’ summer schedule, including information on practices open to the public, can be found by clicking here. As we count down the days together, Bleeding Green Nation will be previewing every position on the Eagles roster. We begin today by taking a look at the quarterback position.
Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld, Joe Callahan
This is one of the first things that came to mind after having just witnessed the Eagles win the Super Bowl in person earlier this year:
If the Eagles can win a Super Bowl WITHOUT Carson Wentz … god.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) February 5, 2018
Good luck when he comes back, NFL.
Because while winning one Super Bowl was very awesome, the celebration doesn’t have to stop there. The reigning champs are well-positioned to compete for another title in 2018.
And that’s largely thanks to the guy who easily could’ve been the NFL MVP last year: Carson Wentz.
Wentz was simply phenomenal in his second season as a pro. It was incredibly unfortunate that his season was cut short. Things ultimately worked out for the team, of course, but Wentz deserved to be the guy who led the Eagles to glory.
But that’s in the past now. Wentz’s December ACL/LCL injury is now more than seven months behind him. He’s still not 100%, no, but he looked about as healthy as he reasonably could be during spring practices. For the most part, Wentz looked as sharp as ever. So far, all signs point to him being able to start in Week 1.
And with that in mind, it’s very exciting to think about what Wentz has in store for Year 3. 2018 is his revenge tour. Heck, he’s even going to get to play in the same Los Angeles stadium where his season ended last year.
The path for Wentz won’t be easy. He’s bound to experience some natural regression based on how brilliant he was last season. It’s also possible the lingering effects of his 2017 injury, combined with a new knee brace, limit his mobility to some extent earlier on in the season.
Wentz doesn’t need his mobility to thrive. He’s shown the capability to win from the pocket. But there’s no denying Wentz’s ability to extend plays makes him that much more special.
It’ll be really interesting to see what Wentz has in store for this season. He was so much further ahead in his development than expected last year. Now it’s time to see if he can build on that and maintain consistency as one of the league’s elite quarterbacks.
As always, I wouldn’t be one to bet against No. 11. The guy is an extremely competitive athletic freak with the brain of a genius.
SPEAKING of quarterbacks I would never bet against, hey, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is back for another year! It’s possible Foles could start early in the season if Wentz isn’t ready, but I don’t think that’ll happen. The hope is that Foles won’t have to play any meaningful snaps at all in 2018. But if he does, at least we know the Eagles won’t be totally screwed. I still have my reservations about Foles as a starter over an extended period of time (like a 16 game season) but he’s clearly capable of playing very well in a stretch. Cue the “OMG UR SUCH A FOLES HATER” in the comments.
2018 will likely be Foles’ last season with Philadelphia. Unless the Eagles pick up his 2019 option, he’s going to be a free agent. And even if the team opts in, Foles can opt out by paying back his $2 million bonus. I think the Eagles ultimately designed his contract with the hopes of trading him after this season, which is possible if the team opts in and finds a place where Foles wants to go.
It’s also possible Foles is traded before this season. I wouldn’t say it’s likely, but I would’ve never said getting a first and a fourth for Sam Bradford was likely, either.
If Foles is gone, the Eagles would be ready to promote Nate Sudfeld to the No. 2 quarterback behind Wentz. The legendary STUDFELD had some nice moments during OTAs and minicamp. The 24-year-old passer flashed legitimate NFL arm strength, accuracy, and mobility.
Sudfeld figures to receive a bulk of the Eagles’ preseason snaps. Wentz might not play in the preseason at all and Foles’ playing time should be limited if Wentz’s Week 1 status is even the least bit uncertain. This works out anyway since it’ll give the Eagles a chance to see Sudfeld in extended game action.
The other Eagles quarterback who’ll see some preseason playing time is none other than the mighty Joe Callahan. Jokes aside, I have hope Callahan can be less painful to watch than Matt McGloin was last summer. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible that the Eagles could keep Callahan as their third quarterback (either on the roster or the practice squad) if Foles gets traded.
How will it play out?
Wentz will start Week 1 and play all 15 regular season games this year. He might have to shake off some rust early in the season, especially since his training camp/preseason action could be limited, but he’ll round into form as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. At the very least, he’ll have the Eagles in playoff contention.
The one regular season game Wentz will miss is against Washington in Week 17. The Eagles will have everything clinched by then so Foles and Sudfeld will split playing time.
Then Wentz will end up as the Super Bowl MVP after a successful playoffs. Repeat. You heard it here first.
Who could be a surprise cut?
No surprise cuts here. The only surprise would come through the form of a Foles trade. If some team gets desperate and makes a strong offer, and Wentz is looking healthy, and Sudfeld is looking like a solid No. 2, it’s time to pull the trigger.
On a scale of 1-10, what’s your confidence level in the Eagles’ quarterbacks? (10 being the most.)
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