Colts quarterback Jacob Eason quietly continues to develop

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The Colts have gone from Philip Rivers to Carson Wentz at starting quarterback. That has allowed second-year understudy Jacob Eason to develop in relative anonymity.

Eason said last month that he’s feeling more comfortable in his second season. Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady has taken notice.

“I was very pleased with what I saw over the last few weeks with Jacob,” Brady said recently, via Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star. “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 and what he can provide out there. But mentally, you can tell that he took that next step.”

Brady praised Eason, a former University of Washington quarterback, for his desire to improve.

“You could tell he just wanted to get better,” Brady said. “He was just excited about getting all of these reps and having to make all the decisions — both pre-snap, post-snap decisions — and watch the film the next day and make those corrections. You could tell he was enjoying that part of it.”

As Eason moves up the depth chart (Rivers and Jacoby Brissett are gone), he’s becoming more vocal and involved. The next step for Eason will be to get what no one got last year: Game action in the preseason.

“Those preseason are going to be huge reps for him,” Brady said. “We want to see what he can do now. Yes, we are seeing the growth from last year to this year — but as coaches, we want to grow that trust with him and we want to see that in live action.”

Although the Colts traded for Wentz with the idea that he’ll be the franchise quarterback for years to come, Wentz’s injury history means that Eason will need to get ready and stay ready. Apparently, he’s getting there.

2 responses to “Colts quarterback Jacob Eason quietly continues to develop

  1. Ah coach speak season and every team has 4-5 preseason MVPs
    everyone somehow is always sooooooo much better than last year til they go up against true NFL starters and we see the went from barely better than practice squad good to 2nd string good

  2. All you have to do is watch the tape on him at Washington, and take into account how young he was. If this kid is a hard worker, and I know he’s smart, the sky is the limit. Some guys get opportunities, some don’t. It usually depends on how high you were drafted. Look at Josh Allen. A lot of people were giving up on him, even into the first half of last season. Now he’s considered a top 5 QB. If he was a fourth round pick, lots of teams would have cut him a long time ago.

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