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Report: Colts Have Had Multiple Virtual Meetings with FIU QB James Morgan

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According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have had multiple meetings with FIU quarterback James Morgan:

It comes a few weeks after the Colts were reportedly ‘closely vetting’ Morgan.

The 6’4”, 229 pound senior quarterback completed 207 of 357 passing attempts (58.0%) for 2,585 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, and 5 interceptions in 12 starts this past season.

However, the former Panthers standout is just one year removed from a 26 touchdown to 7 interception season as a junior starting quarterback—earning Conference USA Newcomer of the Year honors and making the C-USA Honorable Mention team.

The big armed quarterback and Green Bay, Wisconsin, native started his career at Bowling Green before transferring to FIU two years ago.

Having idolized Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Brett Favre, Morgan has some of the same natural arm strength—but not the same mobility to extend plays. Still, he also has strong pocket poise, and scouts simply love his make-up to go along with his laser arm.

That being said, Morgan will need to continue to improve his overall accuracy, mechanical footwork, and progression through reads. He’ll need to get rid of the football quicker at the next level, as he’s not a dynamic athlete inside the pocket.

Of course, the Colts could use a long-term answer at quarterback, as veteran starter Philip Rivers is 38 years old, and Jacoby Brissett is too expensive to remain a backup for the foreseeable future.

Morgan wouldn’t be safely penciled in as the Colts franchise quarterback of the future by any means, but as a potential late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick, he has the upside to be a potential impact starter down the road for Indianapolis.

His big arm, pocket presence, and overall character make him an enticing package for the Colts as a developmental backup quarterback.