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Seven Things We've Learned About Nate Sudfeld


As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Today, we'll focus on rookie quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

1. He loves having multiple people to learn from:

Check out images of quarterback Nate Sudfeld during his first few months with the Washington Redskins.

Sudfeld has found himself in a great situation in Washington with everyone ahead of him having a vast amount of experience. Football knowledge is at his constant disposal as he transitions to the Redskins pro-style offense.

"I really have five quarterback coaches right now with those two [Trent Williams and Colt McCoy], coach Cavanaugh, coach McVay and head coach Jay Gruden, so I don't think I could be in a better situation."

2. He focuses a lot of his attention on helping people in Uganda:

Sudfeld has already been to Uganda twice in support of Assist International, an organization founded more than 25 years ago by his grandfather.

Its mission is to address "the needs of the world's most vulnerable people," like the people of Uganda. Sudfeld and the rest of his family began to build homes for orphans and were also important in a water project being created in Lira at a school that housed 3,000 elementary through high school kids.

"It shaped my worldview and gave me a good perspective," and added that he feels "like it's my responsibility to help others."

3. He is tall:

You can't miss him. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 234 pounds he is the tallest of any of the skill position players on the Redskins' offense by a considerable amount. Being tall allows him much more access to see over the big linemen and find more open receivers.

4. He is not content with just being a normal third-string quarterback:

Sudfeld has no interest in being an average third string quarterback. While he knows that he has a long way to go to be on the level of McCoy and Cousins, he's in hot pursuit of continuing to better himself each and every day just in case there does come a time in which his name is called.

"In one sense of the word I am trying to be patient to make sure that I don't get too frustrated, but at the same time I am not being complacent, saying 'Oh I have time.' I'm trying to have a sense of urgency so if something crazy happens I can help this team win."


5. Gruden is very thrilled to have him on the team:**

* *"I'm excited about him, man," Gruden said. "He's a tall quarterback, obviously. He's very accurate with the football. He's made all the throws. I really like the fact that he has great anticipation in the pocket. He anticipates throws, gets it out his hands. He can speed up his delivery when he has to and he buys time. He's very functional in the pocket for a big man as far as buying time in the pocket. I think he has a great upside and we're excited to have him."

6. He mirrored his 2015 Big Ten Luncheon Speech to Kirk Cousins' a few years earlier:

Out of the 400,000 views of Kirk Cousins 2011 Big Ten Luncheon Speech, it is safe to say that a fair amount of those came from Sudfeld.

"I followed [Cousins] a lot as he's been at Michigan State with me being from Indiana," Sudfeld said. "I watched the film of his speech probably 100 times to make sure I could try to get mine as close to his. He did a great job on that one."

7. The Sudfeld family is quite athletic:

Of course we know about Nate Sudfeld, now a member of the NFL. But his siblings also seemed to have been blessed with the athletic gene. His sister, Juliana, plays volleyball for Wheaton College in California. His brother, Matthew, played wide receiver for Brown University. And his older brother, Zach, played tight end for Nevada and made the same jump to the NFL as a member of the New York Jets.

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