Training camp is underway and the Indianapolis Colts might have an answer at quarterback.
New arrival Carson Wentz is undergoing a foot surgery that could keep him out for up to 12 weeks. Wentz figured to start for Indianapolis after the Colts traded for him on March 17. With Wentz out for an extended period, the QB job looks like it’s Jacob Eason’s to lose.
The Colts chose Eason in round four of the 2020 draft. He has a similar physical profile to Wentz. At 6-foot-6 with a big arm, Eason is a fitting backup for the former North Dakota State star.
Eason spent his rookie season learning from starter Philip Rivers and backup QB Jacoby Brissett. He appeared for both Georgia and Washington (his hometown school) in college.
“The job is Jacob’s right now … and he’s gotta earn it,” head coach Frank Reich told The Athletic. “But he’s in the driver’s seat.”
Reich says the Colts are confident in the QB room we have. Told Jacob Eason, “It’s your show.”
— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) August 2, 2021
The 2020 preseason was canceled due to COVID, so Eason hasn’t played meaningful football since Washington’s Las Vegas Bowl win over Boise State on December 21, 2019. Eason has a chance to shake off some rust this preseason, which kicks off August 15th versus Carolina.
For Eason, these next few months are an audition––not just for the Colts, but for the entire league. He has an opportunity to play himself out of a backup role. And if Indianapolis is winning games with promising performances from Eason under center, Eason could take Wentz’s job before Wentz even dons a Colts jersey.
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