Predicting the Redskins practice squad following the cut to 53
Seeing Nate Sudfeld cut was very surprising. The second year quarterback had performed very well in the team’s final preseason game, and his growth seemed to be enough to earn him a spot on the roster. Instead, the Redskins parted ways with him.
Sudfeld had displayed a strong arm and nice ball placement in his second preseason. After spending the first year of his career on the active roster, the Redskins decided that they could survive without him. It’s a risky move, solely because the Redskins will now lack long term upside at quarterback in the event that Kirk Cousins leaves and Sudfeld is claimed via waivers.
In the immediate aftermath of Sudfeld’s release, I said the following of the potential upside to the move.
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"Of course, there is some upside to this move. If Sudfeld does make it to the practice squad, the Redskins will be able to keep him and have an extra position player on the 53-man roster. That could mean that a guy like Mack Brown or Josh Harvey-Clemons would be with the team. That would give the team some more upside and depth for their overall roster. Giving up Sudfeld is a calculated risk, but if he clears waivers, then the Redskins will have made the right choice. Still, this is a shocking development and it will be interesting to see if Sudfeld lands with another team via waivers."
This definitely wasn’t a bad move. Sudfeld is a great practice squad candidate. The only question is, will he clear waivers? That will be something to watch over the course of the weekend.