Jacob Eason thinks starting for Colts “realistic as soon as possible”

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The Colts only have one quarterback under contract for the 2021 season and that means 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason can spend some time picturing himself as the team’s starter.

Eason did not see any regular season action during his rookie season and the altered offseason schedule meant that he didn’t play in the preseason either. Despite that lack of playing time, Eason said that he believes starting for the team is “realistic as soon as possible.”

“I got a lot of work ahead of me, a lot of areas to improve and grow, but if the opportunity presents itself, I’m going to put my best foot forward and give you the best shot I can,” Eason said, via Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star.

It’s unlikely that the Colts are going to go into next season with Eason as their starting quarterback and there’s been a lot of discussion about the various ways they could address the position in the wake of Philip Rivers’ retirement. Eason said he’s focused on himself rather than those discussions in order to be “as prepared as possible for whatever the situation might be.”

7 responses to “Jacob Eason thinks starting for Colts “realistic as soon as possible”

  1. I thought Eason was second to Joe Burrow in the draft. He has all the tools. Physical, mental, work ethic. He just needs reps. I don’t know who the Colts can get this year that’s better than Eason. We saw the Chargers’ rookie this year, Justin Herbert. He started slow, but with experience, was playing very well the last quarter of the season. They could have sat him out, but he would still need that game experience. Now they’re looking forward to next season. The Colts could do the same.

  2. Even with the positive talk surrounding Eason there is no way he doesn’t have to beat out a veteran and a draft pick to see the field next season.

  3. “We saw the Chargers’ rookie this year, Justin Herbert. He started slow”
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    First time Herbert took the field in game two of the season he went 74 yards in eight plays and ran in for a TD…..he also threw for 311yds and a TD…..in what universe is that “slow”? For a vet let alone a rookie.

    After starting off against Mahomes in two of his next three games he faced off against Brady and the Bucs and threw 3 TD’s and after that faced Breese and the Saints where he threw 4 TD’s….again, in what universe is that “slow”?

    I’ve seen Eason several times…..he doesn’t have Herbert’s intelligence, pocket presence, accuracy or athleticism….and he doesn’t have Herbert’s arm talent……he sprays the ball around and panics under pressure….as for “composure”…..from PFF for 2020 season:

    Highest passer rating under pressure:
    1. Justin Herbert – 99.4
    2. Matthew Stafford – 91.8
    3. Russell Wilson – 88.2
    4. Deshaun Watson – 87.7

    Eason may develop but he’s not Herbert and he’s not the 2nd best QB in the 2020 draft…..that would be Joe Burrow.

  4. Given that the owner openly begs for the return of Andrew Luck, they obviously have no options and no plans. Might as well start Eason. That is, unless one of the Manning boys is available

  5. “We saw the Chargers’ rookie this year, Justin Herbert. He started slow, but with experience, was playing very well the last quarter of the season”

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    What are you talking about?!? He had one bad game and one so/so game all season, which were games 12 (pats) and 9 (dolphins) respectively. He started out on fire and was money all season other than those 2 games which were later in the season. He didn’t start slow at all.

  6. People say stuff that sounds right but aren’t actually based in fact….people that don’t know the facts just accept it because it sounds reasonable. I’m glad to see people call out that Justin Herbert didn’t “start out slow”. He had a record setting rookie year for pete’s sake lol

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