The Eagles didn’t sign McCown because they don’t have faith in Sudfeld. They didn’t sign him because they’re concerned with Sudfeld’s ability to be their No. 2. They didn’t sign him in case Sudfeld doesn’t work out.
They signed him simply because Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson believe the Eagles are a better team with McCown on the roster than without him.
McCown brings nearly two decades of experience playing quarterback in the NFL, and when you have 26-year-old Wentz, 25-year-old Sudfeld and 23-year-old Thorson in your quarterback room, there’s tremendous value in a guy who’s been around since before the Linc was built. But the Eagles also need someone who can be effective as soon as the opener on Sept. 8.
With Nate Sudfeld out with a broken wrist and Cody Kessler suffering a concussion, the Eagles badly needed an extra backup quarterback, at least to get them through the preseason, with rookie Clayton Thorson the only available quarterback behind Carson Wentz, who still may be held out during the preseason. McCown comes out of his short-lived retirement (he was just hired by ESPN in June) to back up Wentz and likely get some first-team reps during the Eagles' regular-season dress rehearsal this week against the Ravens. Sudfeld and Kessler aren't expected to miss too much time so it will be interesting to see how the Eagles carry the quarterbacks when all are healthy. Miller simply never panned out due to injuries and lack of production after signing with the Eagles' practice squad in 2018.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned Sunday after missing a month with a foot injury. His return was almost short-lived.
Darnold limped into the locker room with another foot injury after one series against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Darnold didn't attempt a pass and had one carry for 9 yards on New York's first possession. Josh McCown, who had started the last three games in Darnold's absence, replaced the rookie quarterback for a series.
Darnold was originally ruled as questionable but returned under center at the end of the first quarter. The Jets wouldn't confirm if it was the same foot he injured earlier this season against the Miami Dolphins.
Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will be monitored in practice this week before the team determines whether he will start against the Buffalo Bills.
Coach Todd Bowles says during a conference call Monday that Darnold took “a great number” of snaps during practice last week and was healthy enough to play against Tennessee on Sunday. But, Bowles and the Jets chose to start Josh McCown because the rookie would have some rust after missing two games.
Darnold could have played last week but it was a timing issue, according to the Jets, and being a rookie with only three days to practice to get ready wasn't something the team felt comfortable with. While it's not official, it seems like Darnold should get the nod in Week 14.