As the regular season gets closer, the Colts are continuing to churn through the pile of cast-off veteran backup quarterbacks in an attempt to provide a serviceable backup for Jacoby Brissett to start the 2019 regular season.
This past week, as the #Colts look at options for their backup QB job, they visited with and worked out FA QBs Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, and Brock Osweiler, I’m told. No decision yet on who they are signing, or if they’ll wait until roster cuts come from the other 31.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2019
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Colts have had visits not just with Brock Osweiler, but also Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden as a part of that search. Those names don’t inspire confidence, because they’re essentially the real life representation of the “Island of Misfit Toys” played out at the NFL level.
The Colts certainly need to bolster their quarterback room, because Phillip Walker simply isn’t an adequate backup to Brissett in terms of regular season action. If we are honest, should we need to play anyone other than Jacoby Brissett for significant snaps this season, it will go very poorly for the Colts. That doesn’t mean, however, that having a player sit behind Brissett who has NFL experience and can be an asset in the film room and as a mentor is not valuable.
This is a situation to watch closely as cuts get closer. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Colts make a trade for a likely cut candidate, or to pick someone up at cutdowns that could fill the backup role. If his history is any indicator, Chris Ballard will leave no stone unturned to find someone to sit behind Brissett.