Colts’ Jacob Eason comes in at No. 20 in backup QB rankings

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason came in at No. 20 in CBS Sports’ backup quarterback rankings entering the 2021 season.

“No career snaps means he’s still an unknown, but as a 2020 fourth-rounder with most of the requisite physical tools, he seems fairly well off in Frank Reich’s offense, though Indy might prefer a safer bet behind new starter Carson Wentz.”

With Carson Wentz looking to bounce back in a big way following a rough 2020 season, the Colts believe he has what it takes to find his form. But they also have a big question mark when it comes to his backup.

As it stands with a few weeks until the start of training camp, Eason may have a slight advantage in the competition over rookie sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger, who arrived as a fresh face in the room during the draft.

Eason sat his entire rookie season behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, using the campaign as an opportunity to learn more about the game and get acclimated to life in the NFL.

While Eason and Ehlinger will be battling for the backup role, it seems likely that the Colts are going to carry three quarterbacks into the season. It may just turn out to be that the QB3 on the depth chart is a healthy scratch on game days.

Eason has been blessed with a cannon for an arm, but he has to prove to the Colts he can handle the mental side of quarterbacking while also handling pressure better than he did in college.

It isn’t clear what the competitions hold for Eason, but it will be nice to finally see him play in some games during the preseason.

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