The Plan for Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld If Eagles Clinch

If the Eagles wind up playing a meaningless game or two, we'll probably see a mixture of Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld at quarterback, head coach Doug Pederson indicated Monday.
The Eagles, 12-2, have clinched a first-round bye and can clinch home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs as early as Saturday, if the Packers beat the Vikings.
If that doesn't happen, they can clinch with a win over the Raiders at the Linc or on the final day of the season with a win over the Cowboys or a Vikings loss to the Bears.
If the Eagles have the No. 1 seed locked up at any point, Pederson will have to figure out a way to balance getting Foles work that he desperately needs after sitting on the bench for most of the last 14 months and also making sure Foles is healthy going into the playoffs.
The only other quarterback on the roster is Sudfeld, who has never played a regular-season snap in the NFL and has never even played in a preseason game for the Eagles.
In 2004, the Eagles clinched home-field with two weeks left, and Andy Reid -- who Pederson played for here and coached under both here and in Kansas City -- rested Donovan McNabb for most of the last two games.
McNabb played one series against the Rams and didn't play at all against the Bengals, and the Eagles suffered blowout losses in both games with Koy Detmer and Jeff Blake at quarterback on their way to the Super Bowl.
But McNabb had been the starter all year and for most of the last six years, since replacing Pederson in 1999. This is a totally different situation, since Foles' start against the Giants was his first in 14 months and first for the Eagles in three years.
Even with Sundays' win against the Giants, he's thrown only 107 passes since November of 2015.
"You want Nick to play as much as you can and get as many reps as you can and let him play and continue to work through some things and work the rapport with the offense and all of that," Pederson said.
Pederson wouldn't say exactly how much Foles would play against the Raiders and Cowboys if the Eagles do clinch Saturday.
"When we win and if we get to cross that bridge, we'll make that decision," Pederson said.
As for Sudfeld, his only NFL experience has been in the preseason with the Redskins the last two years, and obviously the Eagles don't want to go into the postseason with a No. 2 quarterback who's never played a regular-season snap in his life.
As a rookie last year, Sudfeld was 28-for-53 for 238 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in preseason games against the Falcons, Jets and Buccaneers. This past summer, he was 33-for-56 for 360 yards with no TDs or INTs in appearances against the Ravens, Packers and Buccaneers.
His last action was Aug. 31 in Tampa. Four days later, the Redskins released him and the Eagles signed him to the practice squad. They signed him to the 53-man roster last month.
"Ideally, yeah, you'd like to get him some time and some reps here in the next couple of ballgames," Pederson said.

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