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Stephen Morris Regains Colts’ QB3 Spot

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NFL: Preseason-Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mike Chappell of CBS4, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Stephen Morris has regained the team’s third QB spot.

For the majority of training camp into the preseason, undrafted rookie free agent Phillip Walker leapfrogged Morris on the depth chart. It led to Morris seeing almost no live reps in practice. In the two preseason games, Scott Tolzien started through the first quarter, followed by Walker into the fourth, with Morris taking over for the remainder of the game. Just like in the last preseason, Morris took over and stood out.

Some explanation was offered as to the depth chart placement of Morris and Walker, as Chappell also stated, “Was told they know what they have with Morris. Trying to find out about Walker. Morris gets mop-up time.”

The call for Morris to get a more fair shake at being Andrew Luck’s backup hit a fever pitch following last Saturday's matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Morris clearly performed better than Tolzien and Walker, and there was no way for head coach Chuck Pagano to hide it anymore.

In fact, here are some of the key things that Morris has done since the start of the 2016 preseason to now:

Stephen Morris Preseason Stats

Week Comp Att Perc Pass Yds First Down Total Touchdown Total Field Goal Total Scoring Drives 4Q Scoring Drives 4Q Scoring Avg
Week Comp Att Perc Pass Yds First Down Total Touchdown Total Field Goal Total Scoring Drives 4Q Scoring Drives 4Q Scoring Avg
2016 Wk 1 5 9 55.6% 104 2 1 1 2 2 66.7%
2016 Wk 2 7 11 63.6% 66 4 1 0 1 1 33.3%
2016 Wk3 7 11 63.6% 144 4 2 0 2 2 66.7%
2016 Wk 4 20 30 66.7% 217 10 1 2 3 2 100.0%
2017 Wk 1 13 20 65.0% 94 3 1 0 1 1 33.3%
2017 Wk 2 11 15 73.3% 111 4 1 0 1 1 50.0%
Total 63 96 65.6% 736 27 7 3 10 9 56.3%

*Touchdowns and penalties don’t count as first downs in this scenario. Kneel downs also don’t count as fourth-quarter drives.

Tolzien was abysmal in 2016’s preseason also, but just looking at his performance this year when he’s being relied on to lead the team in case Luck misses any regular season action, it isn’t any better.

Pagano moving Morris up the depth chart above Walker is a start. However, people will be watching the competition between Morris and Tolzien like hawks throughout the rest of the preseason.