The Indianapolis Colts quarterback room underwent one other overhaul this offseason when the team traded for veteran Matt Ryan before the 2022 NFL draft.
After bringing in Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons, the Colts also signed backup Nick Foles to a two-year deal. This brought some stability to the room seeing as 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger was the principal backup before that move was made.
In rating every team’s quarterback situation going into 2022, Bleacher Report placed the Colts right in the midst of the league.
14. Indianapolis Colts
Starter: Matt Ryan
Backups: Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger
The quarterback position has been a revolving door for the Indianapolis Colts ever since Andrew Luck abruptly retired in 2019. That yr, Jacoby Brissett was thrust into the starting role. He gave strategy to Philip Rivers in 2020, who gave strategy to Carson Wentz in 2021.
The Colts went the veteran route once more this offseason, trading for Matt Ryan after Wentz’s one yr on the helm led to disappointment.
In lots of respects, Ryan would seem like one of the best of the lot. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler who will all but actually surpass 60,000 profession passing yards this yr. He was named the league’s Most Beneficial Player in 2016 when he led the Atlanta Falcons to a berth in Super Bowl LI.
And Ryan has already made a positive impression on wide receiver Michael Pittman.
“The ball is good there, and you only turn and catch the ball. I mean, it just makes it easy,” Pittman told reporters at OTAs. “Matt can just about put it wherever he wants.”
Nevertheless, Ryan can be a 37-year-old who didn’t hit 4,000 yards last yr and hasn’t posted a winning season as a starter since 2017.
Ryan must be a superb fit for the Colts given his intelligence, leadership and accuracy. He’s already made an impression during OTAs and will finally be the one to interrupt the streak of a latest starting quarterback arriving every yr.
While Foles’ magic from the Super Bowl run is probably going over, he’s a solid veteran to have within the room. He could keep the offense afloat if Ryan ever needed to miss time, and he can be a superb mentor for Ehligner to develop under.
With the volatility of the position likely leaving when Carson Wentz was traded away, the Colts must have some more stability within the room in 2022.
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