Eagles Add a QB

Posted: May 12th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Eagles Add a QB

Howie Roseman is always on the lookout for talent.

Let’s start by talking about Kessler. He was drafted in the 3rd round back in 2016, after a solid career at USC. I was not a huge fan of his as a prospect. Kessler just wasn’t special in any way.

Kessler started eight games as a rookie. He posted okay numbers, but the team did go 0-8. Six of those losses were by 14 or more points. Those teams weren’t exactly dialing up their best gameplans for Kessler. He faced his share of prevent defenses.

Kessler started four games last year for the Jaguars. He went 2-2, but posted poor numbers.

So what do the Eagles see in him? Kessler just turned 26. He has started 12 career games. He does have some athletic ability. He can throw on the move. The biggest knock on him physically is that he’s got a mediocre arm. I haven’t watched a ton of his NFL tape, but he seems to hold the ball too long at times. The Eagles can’t do anything about his arm, but they can work on his game this spring and summer to help him improve as a passer.

The timing of this move is interesting.

Did the Eagles see something in the rookie minicamp that worried them?

Luis Perez came over from the AAF to challenge for a backup role. If the Eagles didn’t like what they saw, maybe that pushed them to make the signing.

On the other hand, Kessler was just released three days ago. Maybe he is the kind of young, cheap veteran the Eagles have been waiting for. They didn’t seem to have any interest in paying big money to Ryan Fitzpatrick or someone of that caliber.

Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld are the primary QBs. Rookie Clayton Thorson is likely to get the #3 spot. The Eagles spent a fifth round pick on him. Those players almost always make the roster. Kessler is here to push Thorson, and to a lesser extent, Sudfeld. As for Perez, this isn’t a good sign for him.

You always want competition. The Eagles have a great starter in Wentz. They have a young backup in Sudfeld that they’ve been developing for a couple of years. Things are less certain after that. Kessler has NFL experience. Perez has AAF experience. And Thorson is the rookie in the mix. Those backups will battle it out to see who gets to be the third QB.

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Mike Kaye wrote a good piece on LB Alex Singleton, the CFL star who is trying to make the Eagles roster.

LB is another spot where the Eagles want plenty of competition. The team knows the top couple of guys, but things are wide open after that. Players have to win jobs.

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Go Sixers!!!

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