Jacob Eason made the Colts’ 53-man roster. That’s the first step for the young QB.
Baby steps! When the Indianapolis Colts drafted Washington QB Jacob Eason in the fourth round this past April, many analysts viewed it as a steal given how dramatically the gunslinger’s stock dropped after to his unimpressive 2019 campaign with the Huskies.
After all, Eason has the physical tools. He has a cannon for an arm and he’s 6-foot-6 and 231 pounds. That’s the prototypical pocket passer if you ask any NFL fan!
But what Eason needed to do first was make the 53-man roster over third-string QB Chad Kelly. It sounds like a meaningless, simple task, but this is the highest level of football. We saw plenty of mid- to late-round draft picks get axed this weekend.
Luckily, Eason got the job done and impressed in training camp.
Think little of this all you want, just like many Colts fans scoffed at the idea suggesting he was impressive after completing 8-of-9 passes in front of the coaching staff during a recent practice. But what would you be saying if he hadn’t done any of this? You’re calling him a bust, waste of talent, etc. The list goes on.
So maybe let’s change the way we think? We don’t have to sit here and assume Eason will be the surefire QB of the future, but it’s clear general manager Chris Ballard did some work to potentially give the team that avenue if this were to work out.
If not, the Colts have a ton of cap space for 2021, so it’s a win-win.
Eason’s physical gifts are exactly what are needed to be a successful QB. Now it’s time to learn. He’ll have a year under the tutelage of Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett. Head coach Frank Reich is also an offensive guru and knows how to work with quarterbacks very well. Eason making the 53-man roster is passing the first test to remain in an extremely favorable situation that could dictate his future in the league.
That’s something to look forward to, whether this situation is captivating to you or not.