According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Indianapolis Colts veteran backup quarterback Brett Hundley reportedly took the majority of the first-team reps during Wednesday’s team practice—as starter Carson Wentz’s status remains uncertain with two sprained ankles:
#Colts practice squad QB Brett Hundley took the majority of starter reps in practice Wednesday, and he and Jacob Eason may both play against the #Titans if Carson Wentz is out, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 23, 2021
There’s still hope Wentz (ankles) can play. Final decision may not come until Sunday.
Hundley currently remains protected on the Colts practice, but should Wentz be declared out ahead of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, and it’s expected that the veteran’s elevation to the active 53-man roster would be rather imminent.
Hundley last started in 2017, when he made 9 starts for the Green Bay Packers. He has completed 199 of 337 passes (59.1%) for 1,902 passing yards, 9 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions during 18 career games (9 starts) in his 7-year NFL career. He also has good mobility to his game—featuring a 6.7 yards per carry career average and 2 career rushing touchdowns.
The surprise here is not necessarily that Hundley is firmly in the mix—given his experience, but that he may very well receive the starting nod over 2nd-year quarterback Jacob Eason, who struggled when placed in a very challenging late game situation last weekend against the Los Angeles Rams.
To this point, Eason has been listed as the primary backup to Wentz and at least split (with rookie Sam Ehlinger—not Hundley) or received the bulk of the first-team reps during the course of training camp and preseason—when Wentz was recovering from offseason foot surgery.
However, it now very well appears that Hundley could start if the Colts are without Wentz.
One advantage for Hundley beyond his starting experience, is that behind a so far porous Colts offensive line in pass protection, the veteran has the ability to move and extend plays outside the pocket—which is an added bonus.