Colts confident in Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger if Carson Wentz can’t start the season

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It’s unclear whether Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will be ready to return from foot surgery by Week One, but if Wentz can’t go, the Colts don’t think they need to acquire a veteran quarterback.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Sunday during the TV broadcast of the preseason game that the Colts plan to start either Jacob Eason or Sam Ehlinger if Wentz is out the first couple games.

On Sunday Eason, a 2020 fourth-round pick, went 15-for-21 for 183 yards, while Ehlinger, a 2021 sixth-round pick, went 10-for-15 for 155 yards. Colts coach Frank Reich sounded pleased with both quarterbacks afterward.

“I thought he went out there and showed himself well,” Reich said of Eason, via the Indianapolis Star. “There are times where [his timing] needs to be better, I think you’re seeing that right at times, but I think he’s making good progress. He’s very coachable, and I think he’s getting better each day and each week. Shoot, I’d [say the] same thing about our other quarterback. He had times where he was a little slow on the trigger, so he needs to speed that up, but there were also a lot of good flashes as well. Real good decision making, real good timing and then made good throws.”

The Colts took a risk when they decided to hand the starting job to the injury-prone Wentz without a single other quarterback on the roster who has ever taken an NFL snap. But they sound confident that Eason and Ehlinger can get the job done if Wentz can’t.

4 responses to “Colts confident in Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger if Carson Wentz can’t start the season

  1. Colts are bungling the handling of this. You’re not going to rush an injury prone guy back from foot surgery so why suggest there’s any possibility at all he’ll play Week 1? If he managed to play Week 2 that’d still mean he’d have come back to playing in real games just 6 weeks after having his foot operated on which would really be remarkable. Yet, the Colts have set expectations that would make that seem like he was somehow behind schedule.

  2. Would you ever expect the owner and coach to say they are not confident in the back-ups?

  3. mogogo1 says:
    August 16, 2021 at 10:52 am
    Colts are bungling the handling of this. You’re not going to rush an injury prone guy back from foot surgery so why suggest there’s any possibility at all he’ll play Week 1?

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    The elephant in the room here is that “Carson Type-A Hero Ball Wentz” is now a week 1 possibility because he will rush himself through rehab due to insecurity, insist that he’s “good to go,” and then after poor performances, will tell the media he’s “not 100 percent” but he’s going to work through it and get better, as he has every single time he has been injured or played with an injury.

    Am I a damaged Eagles fan? Yes. Yes I am.

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