On a conference call with the media Tuesday morning, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke about the backup QB position and said, “early on in this season, teams are going to have to rely on their veterans. And Nate (Sudfeld) is one of those guys for us. I have a ton of confidence in Nate becoming our backup QB." (Zach Berman on Twitter)
Pederson went on to say that Hurts has been doing a great job in the virtual off-season program, but that he inevitably still needs to “learn and pick up” the Eagles system. It’s likely only a matter of time before the 53rd overall pick in the Draft gets his chance to compete for the backup spot to Carson Wentz, but it’ll take some extra time due to the circumstances that all teams find themselves in right now. Sudfeld has been with the Eagles the past three seasons and knows exactly what they’re trying to do on offense. Because of that, Pederson feels more comfortable at this time rolling with him as the backup over Hurts, and rightfully so.