The Washington Redskins were pedestrian on offense during their 23-3 loss to the s Baltimore Ravens in the preseason opener. Quarterback Kirk Cousins barely played, completing one pass for five yards in one series. He didn’t need to play much more than that, as his passing resume over the last two years has been impressive. Washington’s second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers should provide extensive playing time for second year quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

Redskins’ fans hope Sudfeld’s playing time is limited to only the preseason, as many are hopeful that Cousins and Washington will agree to a long term deal after the 2017 season. But there’s a chance that Cousins could leave the nation’s capital to sign the lucrative long term deal he’s been looking for. Veteran reserve quarterback Colt McCoy has started a total of four games in five calendar years. McCoy is signed through the 2018 season, but at 31 years of age, he doesn’t figure to be in Washington’s long term plans.

Sudfeld is a project in every sense of the term. He’s six foot six, 236 pounds, and possesses a strong arm. He completed 60 percent of his passes with 61 touchdowns and 20 interceptions during his four year career at the University of Indiana. Sudfeld didn’t appear in any games during his rookie year last season. In all fairness, McCoy didn’t appear in any games last season because the Redskins were in playoff contention for most of the season. Putting McCoy or a raw rookie in Sudfeld wouldn’t have made sense when Cousins gives the Redskins the best chance to win.

Sudfeld did see some action in Baltimore during the first preseason game, completing five of 12 passes for 68 yards.  This isn’t to say that he’ll ever supplant Cousins as the starter. It’s a real possibility that Cousins could leave Washington regardless of the team’s record in 2017. That would leave Sudfeld as the future of the franchise.

But that’s a long way away from happening. Sudfeld is firmly entrenched as the third string quarterback, and that’s the way it should be. It wouldn’t hurt the Redskins to give him extensive preseason playing time. The franchise needs to see if Sudfeld can one day develop into a solid quarterback in a few years. The upcoming Packers’ game could go a long way towards Sudfeld showing what he can do.

Gregory Bradshaw is the staff writer for the Washington Redskins at You can follow him on Twitter at or contact him at [email protected]




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