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Fantasy implications of Eagles signing QB Jamie Newman as a UDFA

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman as a UDFA following the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Quarterback Jamie Newman #12 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons scrambles against the Michigan State Spartans during the first half of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman as an UDFA following the 2021 NFL Draft. He joins a depth chart that includes 2020 second-round draft selection Jalen Hurts and vet Joe Flacco.

Newman opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns after deciding to transfer from Wake Forest to the University of Georgia. In his last season at Wake Forest, the 6-foot-3 QB completed 60.9% of his passes for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also had a career-high 574 rushing yards on 180 attempts and six touchdowns. Newman has solid arm strength and throws a great deep ball, which is perfect for an Eagles’ offense that has wide receivers who can stretch the field.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

We shouldn’t expect much from Newman as a rookie this season. For him the name of the game will be development. Joe Flacco is the backup quarterback behind Hurts and will be the one playing if the second-year quarterback gets hurt. Newman will be QB3 or on the practice squad for the Eagles.

Long-term

If Newman improves and shows development this upcoming season, then he will be in competition for the backup job in 2022. As for fantasy football, Newman’s ceiling is a QB2. But if he needs to start, he could possibly give you 15-20 fantasy points just based on his skillset.