Frank Reich: Jacob Eason is “in the driver’s seat” to start with Carson Wentz out

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With quarterback Carson Wentz potentially out for 12 weeks after undergoing foot surgery, the Colts have to figure out who is going to replace him.

At least for now, the answer appears to be already on their roster in Jacob Eason.

Indianapolis selected the former Georgia and Washington quarterback in the fourth round of last year’s draft. Eason was the team’s third quarterback throughout last season behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett.

“The job is Jacob’s right now … and he’s gotta earn it,” Reich said, via Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com. “But he’s in the driver’s seat.”

Because there were no preseason games last year, Eason hasn’t played since Washington’s victory over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl back on Dec. 21, 2019. If he does end up as the Colts’ starter to enter the season, he’ll likely get some significant playing time in the preseason.

Indianapolis recently signed Brett Hundley as another option at quarterback. The club also has Sam Ehlinger and Jalen Morton at the position.

Or the Colts could go the trade route to acquire a veteran QB that can help the team compete immediately. Chicago’s Nick Foles would seem to be a strong candidate, as Foles won Super Bowl LII with Reich as Eagles offensive coordinator back in 2017. Of course, Foles also replaced Wentz that season after the quarterback tore his ACL.

7 responses to “Frank Reich: Jacob Eason is “in the driver’s seat” to start with Carson Wentz out

  1. Odds are Wentz was going to get hurt somewhere along the line this season. Best to get it over with and see what the kid can do. This was always going to be a .500 team even with Wentz.

  2. Just roll with Eason or Ehlinger this year. Wentz won’t make it all season, facts. Good luck Colts fans.

  3. If Eason isn’t ready it’s going to bring up huge questions. You don’t bring in a guy who is injury prone without having somebody capable of starting some games to back him up. But it looks like the Colts #1 priorty was avoiding any suggestion of a QB controversy by having nobody noteworthy behind Wentz.

  4. Eason has a great arm with great accuracy. I was hoping he would replace Brissett last season, maybe even use him instead of signing Rivers. Rivers got us nowhere. I think Eason will do a great job. I really didn’t like the Wentz deal.

  5. Will the Colts pull a suck for Luck version 2.0?

    At least they don’t have to give up a 1st round pick for him.

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