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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Catching up with Nate Sudfeld

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Catching up with Nate Sudfeld

JP Finlay talks with Redskins quarterback Nate Sudfeld about nicknames, his latest volunteer trip to Uganda, Scot McCloughan, Kirk Cousins and more.

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Biggest winner on Redskins cut day - Nate Sudfeld

Biggest winner on Redskins cut day - Nate Sudfeld

The Redskins were not a team with a tremendous amount of difficult decisions in getting their roster from 75 players down to 53. A few names that landed on the cut list were a mild surprise - Cullen Jenkins and Mack Brown both raised some eyebrows - but the biggest winner in Washington on Saturday is rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

A sixth-round pick out of Indiana, Sudfeld got a lot of exposure during Redskins training camp and preseason games. He played in three exhibition contests, starting the last game in a downpour in Tampa. In that game, Sudfeld completed just eight of 18 passes for 72 yards. Sudfeld did find receiver Rashad Ross for a TD against the Bucs, and perhaps more importantly, the team had no turnovers and the rookie ran the offense efficiently despite the terrible rain. 

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For the preseason, Sudfeld completed 28 of 53 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Though his completion numbers did not impress at just 52.8 percent, Sudfeld often looked better in games than he did in practice. Further, Sudfeld engineered a game-winning touchdown drive against the Jets - winning the preseason game did not matter but coaches love to see a QB with the tools to pull off a late victory.

"The last drive he was able to get us in rhythm and make some big completions," head coach Jay Gruden said of Sudfeld following the Jets win. "Made a comeback and made some big plays."

In the end, quarterbacks are hard to find, and though he may take some time to learn the NFL, the Redskins brass believes they have a genuine prospect in Sudfeld. Unlikely to be active on gamedays, the third-string QB will get the season to practice and learn. For the 'Skins, keeping Sudfeld on the roster removes any possibility of another team claiming the tall signal caller, which Washington could not be sure of if they attempted to move Sudfeld to the practice squad. 

Consider starter Kirk Cousins is on a one-year deal, and GM Scot McCloughan said earlier in the offseason that the team will continue to try and develop other QBs, and keeping the rookie passer just makes sense for the 'Skins.

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Sudfeld struggles vs. Bucs but roster decision will come down to potential

Sudfeld struggles vs. Bucs but roster decision will come down to potential

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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