The weekend turned out better than expected for the Indianapolis Colts, with quarterback Carson Wentz healthy enough to play against the Tennessee Titans after spraining both ankles the game before, but it appeared to be a huge setback for Jacob Eason's NFL career.
Prior to the 25-16 loss in Nashville, Wentz and Brett Hundley took all of the pregame snaps, relegating Eason to third quarterback status and seemingly indicating he's lost favor with the Colts in a hurry.
Once Wentz was injured against the Los Angeles Rams, Eason was summoned as his emergency replacement with 2:25 remaining and he immediately threw an interception.
This past week, the former University of Washington player continually struggled in practice against the Colts' pass rush and secondary, forcing the coaching staff to get impatient with him. The team elevated Hundley from the practice squad last Thursday and gave him first-team snaps thereafter until game day.
Against the Titans, Eason was relegated to No. 3 quarterback and the holder on place-kicks for Indy's Rodrigo Blankenship, his one-time teammate in Georgia, as well as with the Colts.
As the 6-foot-6, 231-pound product of Lake Stevens, Washington, has learned, the NFL doesn't show much patience when it comes to player development.
Eason might have gotten his chance as the Indy quarterback and been unable to make it happen. He might have difficulty retaining his roster spot, depending on what the Colts eventually do when injured rookie Sam Ehlinger returns.
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