Okay, spoiler alert its not Colin Kaepernick. Now that that’s out of the way the Eagles did, however, make a signing. The team signed 40-year-old veteran quarterback Josh McCown.
The journeyman McCown has played on seven times prior to the Eagles. Some of his stops include the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Detroit Lions where he made a few plays as a wide receiver. So with this move what does it mean for the Birds?
Injuries take a toll
Another week another injury. In Week one of the preseason, the Eagles lost original backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld to a broken left wrist. This left the team with Cody Kessler and rookie quarterback Nate Thorson. Against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the first drive of the game, unfortunately, Kessler was hit from behind and left the game and did not return. He is in concussion protocol. This left the Eagles with Thorson to basically play the entire game. Thorson was better in this game and even threw his first touchdown in an NFL game.
If he had gone done Greg Ward would have been the emergency quarterback.
In comes McCown who had retired earlier this offseason on a 1-year $5.4 million dollar deal with incentives. McCown should see a lot of action this week as Kessler status is not known. McCown has started 76 games and appeared in 99. He’s thrown for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns.
This is a perfect backup quarterback to have. Tons of experience knows what it takes to make it in the league. Furthermore, he can mentor Carson Wentz and teach Sudfeld and Thorson a few things as well. Last season McCown backed up Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
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All in all this is an ideal signing for the Eagles. Surrounded by weapons McCown would certainly be capable of leading this team if he had too. Plus his locker room presence and veteran leadership will only help. The 40-year-old veteran quarterback figures to be Wentz primary backup this season.