The Colts don’t have a quarterback of the future, but could Jacob Eason be the guy?
Heading into the 2019 college football season, Washington Huskies (and former Georgia Bulldogs) quarterback Jacob Eason was viewed to be a top prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. But then came a lackluster 8-5 campaign in the defense-less Pac-12 and his stock plummeted.
Despite that, the Indianapolis Colts took a chance on the gunslinger in the fourth round this past April. Eason will by no means compete for the starting job — that’s Philip Rivers’ to lose, and Jacoby Brissett probably won’t be making much headway there — but he could be a potential candidate for quarterback of the future after clipboarding this year.
He’s already loving the experience, so that’s a good sign for the future.
Here’s what he had to say to reporters after Monday’s training camp practice.
“It’s been pretty awesome to be in a room and go out on the field and practice with those guys,” Eason said, via Colts.com. “There is a lot of experience and a lot of wisdom in that room. Hearing their ideas with Coach Nick (Sirianni) and Coach (Marcus) Brady, just kind of seeing it and taking it all in really. It’s been pretty unique and I’m very fortunate to be in this spot with a group of guys like that.”
Rivers, a possible future Hall of Famer, has 16 years worth of experience; Brissett played behind Tom Brady and has endured a lot of turmoil during his time in Indy (which could help Eason deal with tough situations to come); and Frank Reich, Siranni and Brady have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to to NFL offenses and quarterbacks.
It’s hard to argue Eason isn’t in one of the best positions for a rookie who needs to develop.
The physical attributes are there. He’s 6-foot-6, 231 pounds, has a rocket arm, and has dealt with a big transition before, transferring from Georgia to Washington after Kirby Smart opted to keep rolling with Jake Fromm at QB following Eason’s injury.
But Eason’s only played in 29 college games and hasn’t had a ton of success. Then again, he’ll seemingly get a layup to start his NFL career in competing for the third-string job with Chad Kelly, whose career has been a punch line since being drafted.
If Eason can pass that first test and take advantage of learning under Rivers, Brissett and the coaching staff for this limited period of time, he could be in a favorable position to become the team’s quarterback of the future assuming he gains a wealth of knowledge and uses that to his advantage when he finally gets an opportunity to step on the field.
It’s happened before, so it’s not out of the question, but if we’re being honest here, he’ll really need to make an impression considering the Colts will have a ton of cap space to work with in the offseason. They can choose to use that on a QB or be aggressive in a draft that’s expected to feature a lot of QB talent. Let’s see if Eason can dictate their plans.