For the sixth straight season, the Indianapolis Colts will introduce a new starting quarterback in Week 1. The final wake-up call that will call Indy home is former Falcons legend Matt Ryan, who was traded by the club this offseason. While there is promise that Ryan will finally give the Colts some stability in position over the next few years, the quarterback’s room isn’t full at this stage of the offseason.
The Colts are currently working on adding veteran quarterback Nick Fowles as a backup. by Athletic. He was released by the Chicago Bears last month and has experience with the Colts coaching staff as Frank Reich was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when Fowles helped the Eagles to the Super Bowl LII title in 2017. It was a connection to Philadelphia. it paved the way for Carson Wentz to land with the Colts last offseason.
Reich noted last week that the Colts are not ruling out adding a veteran quarterback to support Ryan.
“(General Manager) Chris (Ballard) and I, you know how we work,” Reich told reporters at Friday’s mini freshman camp when asked specifically about Fowles via Indianapolis Star. “It’s 24/7/365: ‘Is this list where it should be on every position?'”
The Colts currently have three quarterbacks on the roster after Ryan: Sam Elinger, James Morgan, and undrafted rookie Jack Coan. Elinger has been impressive with his young career and has moved up to QB2 since making the league as a sixth-round pick in 2021 from Texas, but he has yet to make a regular season pass.
With that in mind, inserting someone with legitimate NFL experience behind Ryan could be beneficial to the Colts. After all, they know firsthand how important this position can be after Wentz has dealt with injuries in 2021. Former fourth-rounder Jacob Eason entered the fight in the second week of last season, and the moment seemed too important to him when he threw a brutal interception. losing to the Rams. So having someone like Fowles on the roster could be a smart move for the Colts, who are the betting favorite to win the AFC South.