Indianapolis Colts: 3 preseason worries no one is talking about
By Jerry Trotta
2. Jacob Eason’s Inconsistency
The moment it was revealed Carson Wentz would undergo foot surgery, Colts fans questioned whether Indy would sign a quarterback (like Philip Rivers) or roll with Jacob Eason.
Not long after Wentz’s operation, it became clear the franchise wasn’t interested in adding another QB to the mix. That was either vote of confidence in Eason, or a sign of conviction that Wentz would return closer to the five-week timetable than the dreaded 12-week possibility.
Colts QB Jacob Eason hasn’t covered himself in glory this preseason.
Perhaps it was a little bit of both, but folks are stunned that Eason has given 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger and his limited arm strength a glimmer of hope in the competition.
So much so, in fact, that the former Longhorn was given reps with the first-team offense on Tuesday. How did the Colts keep this under wraps for so long?
While Eason and Ehlinger are on a level playing field considering Eason didn’t have OTAs, a full training camp or even a preseason as a rookie, it still speaks volumes that the 2020 fourth-rounder has been unable to distance himself from Ehlinger.
After all, Eason had a year to learn the playbook and work with the coaching staff. The fact Ehlinger even has a chance to win the top backup job is gobsmacking, and suggests Eason has a lot to overcome before the Colts can trust him to run their offense.
Either way, he seems in line to start Sunday vs Carolina, and that’s worrisome.