Breaking down Jacob Eason against the Carolina Panthers

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The Indianapolis Colts got a bit of a blow to start their 2021 campaign with the dual injuries to quarterback Carson Wentz and left guard Quenton Nelson. Both players suffered the same foot injury, putting them on the shelf for the preseason, if not longer.

Colts head coach Frank Reich indicated this week that the organization feels good about how both players are recovering, and the Colts remain hopeful that they will be back for the start of the season. That might be critical for Indianapolis’ chances this year, as the organization starts with a difficult schedule as they face four playoff teams from last season, as well as the Miami Dolphins, in their first five games.

The injuries, particularly the injury to Wentz, bring to light concerns about offensive depth. Behind Wentz the Colts have a pair of young passers in Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger, as well as Brett Hundley who the team signed after the Wentz injury was announced. If the organization is forced to turn to Eason to start the season, then his performance against the Carolina Panthers this weekend might offer a silver lining.

Eason got the start and played the entire first half, completing 15 of 21 passes for 183 yards. He did lose a fumble on a sack, but there was a lot to like about what he showed against Carolina. In this video breakdown we’ll look at his ability to read coverage rotations, how he cam hold defenders with his eyes, his ability to throw downfield with precision, his athleticism and his ability to make anticipation throws in the middle of the field:

Obviously, the Colts and their fans are hoping that Wentz works his way back sooner rather than later. But Eason’s performance against the Panthers at least offers a glimmer of hope should the Wentz injury linger into September.