A season ago, Frank Reich’s Indianapolis Colts failed to capture the SportsCenter effect; only the Washington Redskins had fewer “big-play passes” — throws of 25+ yards.
In consequence, they added a little muscle and power to their quarterback room, signing Philip Rivers to a one-year, $25 million deal, troubled three-year quarterback Chad Kelly, and finished the job by bringing in Washington University fourth-round pick Jacob Eason.
The Colts could represent a form of stability that Eason has yet to find. In college, the 22-year-old drew rave reviews for his missile of an arm, but went nearly two years between starts, thanks to an LCL tear at the University of Georgia, and then because of NCAA transfer rules, once he went to Washington.
But, when he did play, he was rock solid, producing a near 3-1 TD-to-INT ratio (23-8), became a 60+ percent passer for the first year of career, and helped push the Huskies to their first Bowl win since 2015.
Regardless of whether or not Eason actually plays this year is a story for another day. But, he certainly fits the bill for what the Colts need out of a quarterback of the future. Realistically, Eason will find himself in a position battle for that No. 3 spot with Chad Kelly.
With all of that being said, here are three reasons the Colts should be excited about Jacob Eason’s potential.