Philadelphia Eagles: Madden 2020 really hates Nate Sudfeld

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Despite having the highest-rated overall roster in the NFL, Madden has named Philadelphia Eagles backup Nate Sudfeld one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.

Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles had the best quarterback situation in the NFL.

They had it all; an ascending star in Carson Wentz leading the way as QB1, the league’s best backup right behind him in Nick Foles, and an intriguing developmental prospect bringing up the rear in Nate Sudfeld.

The Eagles were the cream of the NFL’s crop when it came to quarterbacks.

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The team even had a former NFL quarterback holding the clipboard in Doug Pederson, who spent 10 seasons playing for four different NFL teams – including a stint backing up a rookie Donovan McNabb with your friendly neighborhood Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.

But what a difference a year can make.

With Wentz now the $128 million man and Foles a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Howie Roseman has made the (somewhat) controversial decision to go young at the game’s most important position – with *gasp* Cody Kessler tied for the team’s oldest signal-caller at the tender age of 26 and 2019 fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson the team’s youngest at 23.

For fans keeping track at home, that’s an average age of 24.5.

While fans in the 215 will have to wait patiently to see if this… unconventional approach to team building will work in the long run, Madden has already passed their initial judgment in the lead up to the release of the game’s 2020 edition, and the results are not looking good.

Sure, Wentz is still rated highly – even if he’s dropped from an 85 to an 82 in the games initial ratings – but Sudfeld has dropped from a 66 in 2018 to a putrid 57 in 2019 – good for the fourth-worst mark of any player on the team.

Unfortunately for Birds fans, Thorton is rated even lower, starting the season off with a 56 overall score, worse than players like Anthony Fabiano, Carlton Agudosi, and Jeremiah McKinnon.

And in an incredibly weird twist of fate, Kessler is actually rated higher than Sudfeld, despite being a longshot to even make the final 53 man roster.


Now sure, this is only a game, and plenty of players are peeved about their initial ratings (just ask Cre’von LeBlanc), but how on earth did Sudfeld get nine points worse with an additional year of seasoning in Pederson’s scheme? Did they assume he forgot how to play the position over spring vacation?

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While only time will tell whether the fine folks at EA are right about the apparent black hole that is the backup quarterback or Sudfeld (or Kessler, or Thorson) can step up and replace Nick Foles admirably, if you plan on picking up a copy of Madden on release day, it might not be a bad idea to trade for a quality backup quarterback.