Carson Wentz has his new contract, through 2024, and that's a great feeling for everyone in the Eagles organization, but it doesn't necessarily change the way the world works in the quarterback room.
Press Taylor is looking for "grinders," and he's got them starting with Wentz, the early-arriving and late-staying franchise quarterback. Nate Sudfeld has his chance to be a No. 2 for the first time in his career, and Clayton Thorson is a promising prospect taken in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Cody Kessler adds veteran experience to round out the group.
"It's a good group," Taylor said. "I'm very pleased so far. We've all worked hard to learn the offense and get some timing down, and I think it's worked out well."
Taylor spoke of "growth" from all four quarterbacks – all from a different perspective, of course. Wentz, healthy now after missing the tail end of the regular season and the postseason in 2018, was terrific in the spring. Sudfeld has done an excellent job of getting the football out quickly to receivers in space. Thorson is learning the offense and his way around the NFL. Kessler has won games in the league and helps with his experience.
The beat goes on.
It all seems very cut and dried in the quarterback room, but there are some kinks to work out when the regular season starts. Quarterbacks gather in the wee hours of the morning to start their days, and former No. 2 Nick Foles, now in Jacksonville, was the guy who served as the room's barista. Who steps up in Foles' place?
"I think that's going to be Clayton since he's the young guy in the room," Taylor said. "He's got some big shoes to fill. Nick did it just right. I can see us FaceTiming Nick in and having him explain the recipe because we can't take a step back here. That stuff really got our days started the right way."