Jacob Eason continues to impress the Colts coaching staff at training camp.
Remember last week when we wrote about Jacob Eason‘s impressive showing at Colts training camp and how it could potentially be good news for the future at the quarterback position? Well, most readers found it “dumb” because he “only” completed 8 of 9 passes and that meant “nothing.” Sorry guys, we thought something positive would be fun!
We got bad news for the haters this time around, too, though. Eason has continued to look good at training camp and the coaching staff has felt the need to comment on his progression.
The Colts’ 2020 fourth-round selection out of Washington possesses all the physical tools to make it at the next level (6-foot-6, 230 pounds and a rocket arm), but now it’s about harnessing the mechanics, decision-making, and overall mental aspects of the game.
Here’s what offensive coordinator Nick Siranni told reporters:
"“I saw great arm strength to make throws outside of the number, decision making continuing to get better and better when he’s dropping back to pass the football. I keep seeing improved ‘get us into the right play, get the people in the right position to do their job,’ handling the different looks the defense gives us and that’s really exciting. That’s a hard part—to play football and process everything at the same speed. I’m just seeing continued development there.”"
Admittedly, Eason has a ton to work on. His two full seasons at the collegiate level featured a starting role as a freshman at Georgia before he moved on to the Huskies when, after an injury, he was passed over for Jake Fromm, which came three years later. He played just three games between the end of 2016 and the start of 2019.
Given that rocky road in college, Eason is your prototypical candidate to clipboard for a year under a potential future Hall of Famer in Philip Rivers and continue to absorb as much knowledge as possible before handling QB1 duties.
The first step is getting the job done in practice. The next step will be making the most of his reps if he’s called upon in game action if there’s an injury or a blowout. The 2020 season, as uncertain as it may be, will be a colossal one in terms of development for Eason.