The linebacker position is a major question mark on the Colts’ roster as they begin training camp. There is an interesting mix of unproven young players and underwhelming veterans on the linebacker depth chart who will all be fighting for playing time this season. Jeremiah George is one of those veterans hoping to take advantage of this opportunity as he heads into the second season of a two-year, $1.3 million contract.
This will be the first year that George will play in the same city for consecutive seasons. He’s bounced around a lot after being selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. George never made the regular season roster in New York, so he played his rookie year in Jacksonville and moved on to Tampa Bay in his second year.
He spent a little over a year on the Cowboys’ practice squad before landing with the Colts last season. George racked up a career high in tackles in 2017 (15), and he made his first career start last season.
George is probably not in the mix for a starting job this year after some of the moves Chris Ballard made this offseason. His spot on the regular season roster will depend on preseason injuries and how well he plays on the Colts’ special teams units.
After drafting three linebackers this offseason, it’s hard for me to see the Colts offering Jeremiah George a contract extension next year. However, he will have an opportunity to earn some playing time in a linebacking corps without much proven talent.