Nate Sudfeld got his chance to shine in the Redskins’ preseason finale against the Bucs on Wednesday night.
Instead, like the weather, his performance was all wet.
The Redskins’ sixth-round draft pick completed 8 of 18 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Even given the rain that fell throughout the game, the fact that receivers dropped several passes, and the run-oriented game plan, it’s hard to play an entire NFL game at quarterback and pass for just 72 yards.
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Jay Gruden put a positive spin on Sudfeld’s performance.
“Overall managing the football game, protecting the football, getting us in some good solid runs, based on the game plan, I think he did a good job,” said Gruden. “It wasn’t pretty but when you win a football game in the National Football League, no matter the situation, it’s a hell of a thing for a quarterback.”
For Sudfeld’s part, he set a rather low bar for himself and he cleared it.
“I understood the game plan,” he said. “We were really going to try and establish the run. When they did ask me to throw it, I tried to be accurate with the ball. There were a few balls that I really thought got away from me that you just can’t do, but again I’m glad we didn’t have any turnovers.”
At this point, there is nothing wrong with low expectations for Sudfeld. He is a developmental project and after one round of OTAs, training camp, and about 100 snaps in the preseason there isn’t any reason to think that he should be developed to any great extent.
His performance last night won’t have much of an effect on whether or not he makes the 53-man roster when that comes out on Saturday. The organization is far more interested in what Sudfeld will be able to do in 2017 and beyond. If they think he has the potential to become a solid backup in the next year or two he will stay.
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