According to the Indianapolis Star’s Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason is planning to work with renowned quarterbacks training guru Tom House this offseason:
“In the weeks since the Colts season ended, Eason has taken some time away from the field to spend with friends and family,” Ayello writes.
“But the downtime is soon coming to an end. The Washington state native plans to head back west to Huntington Beach, Calif., to continue refining his game at the famed 3DQB training facility with the throwing experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, among others. Colts fans might remember that ex-Colts quarterback Andrew Luck worked extensively with House while recovering from a shoulder injury. Other famous 3DQB clients include Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff.”
The Athletic’s Zak Keefer has provided additional clarity to Eason’s upcoming offseason training regime with House:
Some clarity on Jacob Eason's offseason: the Colts QB will start work with QB guru Tom House around Feb. 15 and continue until the start of training camp in late July, breaking for OTAs/minicamp.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) February 2, 2021
Eason also worked with House last spring since OTAs/rookie minicamp were virtual.
House has been highly regarded among helping league quarterbacks, having also trained the likes of Drew Brees, Alex Smith, and Carson Palmer among the other big named signal-callers that Ayello mentioned.
Per the 3DQB web site, “House’s knowledge of the proper muscle mechanics and ability to analyze a quarterback’s throwing motion is unparalleled. Recently, Tom House has been utilizing 3D-Motions Analysis to take a throwing motion examination to the next level.”
The hope is that House can help quarterbacks have a cleaner, more efficient throwing motion with improved velocity and an overall focus on kinematics.
Eason was selected in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Colts, and the soon-to-be second-year quarterback has a big arm, but is currently viewed as more of a developmental passer with upside:
“We liked him when we drafted him,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in his end-of-season press conference. “We think he’s really talented. I mean it was such a different year not having, usually you get an offseason, so we’d get a rookie mini-camp. We’d get May. We’d get preseason games to really get to evaluate them in the bullets, and we’ve still got to go through that.”
“But let me tell you this about Jacob Eason, he kept his mouth shut, and he worked. He was in a great quarterback room with a lot of experience and got to take all of that in. I visited with him for about 30 minutes the other day, and I asked him, ‘How did you grow?’ ‘What did you learn?’ And you know he had a great answer, that just watching Philip, and Jacoby (Brissett), and Frank (Reich), and Nick (Sirianni), and Marcus (Brady) talk football, how they carried themselves, how they worked, how they were professionals. All of that was something he absorbed. He knows he’s got to go to work this offseason, and I think he will.”
“But Jacob’s very talented. He’s extremely talented. ... It doesn’t take long to see he’s talented, now we just have to see him play.”
Playing behind both retired starting veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and primary backup Jacoby Brissett, Eason essentially didn’t get team practice reps last season—and was also hindered by a limited training camp and non-existent preseason because of COVID-19.
While Eason seems like a longshot to be the Colts starting quarterback in 2021—as just him and recently signed QB Jalen Morton are the only quarterbacks currently on Indianapolis’ roster, he could be a young player to keep an eye on in-time.
The Colts may not be necessarily counting on Eason to be the franchise’s long-term answer at the position, but it appears Indianapolis isn’t exactly counting him out either bigger picture.
The 23 year old’s considered more of a lottery ticket at this point.
Either way, it appears Eason’s looking at ways—even innovative, to continue to improve this offseason. Training with House again should be viewed as an encouraging development for his continued growth as a young passer for the Colts.