For the sixth straight season, the Indianapolis Colts will introduce a new starting quarterback in Week 1. The latest caller to call Indy home is former Falcons legend Matt Ryan, who the club traded for this off season. While it’s promised that Ryan will finally give the Colts some stability at the job for the next few years, the quarterback room isn’t full at this point in the offseason.
The Colts are currently working to add veteran quarterback Nick Foles as a replacement. by The Athletic. He was released by the Chicago Bears last month and has a history with the Colts coaching staff, as Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Foles helped lead the Eagles to their Super Bowl LII title in 2017. It was that Philly connection that paved the way for Carson Wentz to land with the Colts this past offseason.
Reich noted last week that the Colts hadn’t ruled out adding a veteran quarterback to back up Ryan.
“(GM) Chris (Ballard) and I, you know how we roll,” Reich told reporters during Friday’s rookie minicamp when specifically asked about Foles, via the Indianapolis Star. “It’s 24/7/365: ‘Does this list need to be where it needs to be at every position?'”
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Currently, the Colts have three quarterbacks on the roster behind Ryan: Sam Ehlinger, James Morgan and undrafted rookie Jack Coan. Ehlinger has impressed over his young career and has risen to QB2 since entering the league as a 2021 sixth-round pick from Texas, but he’s yet to throw a pass in the regular season.
With that in mind, inserting someone with legitimate NFL experience behind Ryan can be beneficial for the Colts. After all, they know firsthand how important that position can be after Wentz suffered injuries in 2021. Former fourth-rounder Jacob Eason was shoved into action in Week 2 of last season and the moment seemed too big for him as he threw a hard interception. in a loss to the Rams. So having someone like Foles in the fold may be a smart move for a Colts team that is the betting favorite to win the AFC South.