The Indianapolis Colts made the move to trade for Philadelphia Eagles longtime starting quarterback Carson Wentz this offseason. It was a move to replace veteran signal caller Philip Rivers, who chose to retire this offseason. However, the team has another talented quarterback on the roster in Jacob Eason.
Eason is heading into his second season with the Colts and all the reports that have come out of Indianapolis have suggested that the team likes him a lot. He has impressed the coaching staff with his ability to learn and develop thus far.
According to Colts’ offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, the team is very pleased with the “next steps” that Eason has been showcasing in offseason activities.
“I was very pleased with what I saw over the last few weeks with Jacob, where he’s at,” Brady said. “Physically, you always knew that he could do it, that he had the potential that he was going to improve in those areas because of his arm talent of what he could provide out there. But mentally you can tell that he took that next step, that he’d grown in that area whether it’s making checks at the line, recognizing coverages, recognizing pressure, he did a great job with that.”
During the 2020 season with the Colts, Eason was unable to get onto the field in game action. The NFL was forced to cancel the preseason due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Thankfully, that will not be the case this year.
Indianapolis would love to see what they have in the second-year product out of Washington. Eason certainly thinks he can give Wentz a run for his money if he gets a chance to compete for the starting job. He isn’t going to beat Wentz out, but he might just turn enough heads.
In years past, the Colts have desperately needed a quality backup. They have seen injuries happen that forced second and even third-string quarterbacks onto the field. Should something happen to Wentz, Eason will be ready to take the field.
Chris Ballard and company have done an excellent job drafting talent since he took over as the Colts’ general manager. Jacob Eason may never be the starter for the Colts, but he was yet another good selection. The way he has been developing is exactly what the franchise was hoping to see.
Expect to see a lot of Eason during the preseason for the Colts. Fans will enjoy seeing what kind of arm he has and the youngster might just make a name for himself with some big performances.