Jacob Eason

Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #9
Seattle Seahawks
Quarterback #9

Jacob Eason News

Likely aiming for backup duties

Eason is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job after Seattle didn't draft a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Washington product was picked by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he has thrown just five regular-season passes. Drew Lock and Geno Smith are expected to be the main candidates for the starting quarterback job, and Eason would likely need to overperform to have a true shot at the starting gig. However, Eason is a prototypical quarterback, as he stands at 6-foot-6, 227 pounds and has a cannon for an arm. It wouldn't be surprising if the Seahawks kept him around as the No. 3 quarterback with hopes the 24-year-old can develop into a suitable NFL quarterback.

May 1, 2022 9:49 AM EST

Not playing against Green Bay

Eason (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: With Russell Wilson (finger) returning to the starting role, Geno Smith has been demoted to the backup role and Eason has been the odd man out in the quarterback pecking order. Eason is not likely to see the field any time soon unless both Wilson and Smith are unable to play.

Nov 14, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Active Sunday

Eason will be active Sunday against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Eason was claimed off waivers from the Colts on Oct. 20. He was inactive in Monday's contest against the Saints, but will now serve as Geno Smith's backup. Eason replaced an injured Wentz in Week 2 against the Rams and completed two of five passes for 25 yards and an interception.

Oct 31, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Inactive Monday

Eason will be inactive Monday against the Saints.

Analysis: Eason was just claimed off waivers from the Colts on Oct. 20. He's expected to be the backup to Geno Smith while Russell Wilson (finger) is out, but is likely not familiar enough with the playbook at this point to step up if something were to happen to Smith.

Oct 25, 2021 4:09 PM EST

Lands in Seattle

The Seahawks claimed Eason off waivers from the Colts on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After losing his spot in Indianapolis' quarterback room when Sam Ehlinger (knee) was reinstated from injured reserve Tuesday, Eason quickly found a new home in the Pacific Northwest. At least for the time being, Eason will slot in as the No. 2 option on the depth chart behind Geno Smith, though Seattle could elevate Jake Luton from the practice squad ahead of Monday's game against the Saints if the Seahawks want to give Eason more time to get familiar with the playbook. Seattle will presumably evaluate Eason in practices over the next several weeks before deciding whether he's worth keeping around once Russell Wilson (finger) returns from IR later in the season.

Oct 20, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Cut loose by Colts

The Colts waived Eason on Tuesday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Eason fell behind Brett Hundley in the Colts' pecking order and has now lost his roster spot altogether with Sam Ehlinger (knee) being activated off of injured reserve. Eason had some intriguing tools coming out of college but hasn't shown enough at the pro level to keep a backup role at this point.

Oct 19, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Sitting again Monday

Eason (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Monday at Baltimore.

Analysis: Eason was active but didn't play in the season opener, but when pressed into action for an injured Carson Wentz in Week 2, he didn't fare well, completing two of five passes for 25 yards and one interception. Wentz hasn't missed any game action in the meantime, but Brett Hundley and not Eason has been the active backup QB for what is now three contests in a row. Eason seems poised to be a healthy scratch for as long as Wentz and Hundley are healthy and available, though Sam Ehlinger (knee) could throw a wrench into the plan at No. 2 if he's able to return from IR.

Oct 11, 2021 4:02 PM EST

Demotion on the horizon?

Brett Hundley will be the backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz on Sunday, which leaves Eason's future in question, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hundley was elevated ahead of Week 3 and operated as the backup behind a banged up Carson Wentz (ankle). It's unclear if the Colts plan to demote Eason to the practice squad, or if they will elect to keep all three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Either way, Eason's future in Indy doesn't look bright. The 23-year-old completed two of his five passes for 25 yards and threw an interception after replacing Wentz with two minutes remaining in Week 2.

Sep 29, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Backup role in doubt

Colts head coach Frank Reich would not say whether Eason or Brett Hundley would start if Carson Wentz (ankles) is unable to play Sunday against Tennessee, ESPN 1075.5 FM Indianapolis reports. Wentz will be a game-time decision after practicing Friday.

Analysis: Brett Hundley took the majority of snaps earlier in the week when Wentz missed practice, suggesting that Hundley would get the start if Wentz can't play. Either way, this isn't a show of confidence in Eason as he was the backup before the regular season began, but threw a key interception late in last week's game in relief of Wentz.

Sep 24, 2021 12:44 PM EST

No lock to start if Wentz sits

Eason saw fewer reps with the Colts' first-team offense than practice squad quarterback Brett Hundley at Wednesday's practice, which could suggest the latter is the top candidate to start Sunday's game in Tennessee if Carson Wentz (ankles) is inactive, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Wentz didn't practice Wednesday after spraining both of his ankles in last week's loss to the Rams, which doesn't inspire much early confidence about his availability for the Week 3 matchup. Even though Eason already possesses a spot on the 40-man roster and has his status as a recent draft pick (2020 fourth-rounder) working in his favor, head coach Frank Reich may favor the experience that Hundley -- who has appeared in 18 games through seven professional seasons -- offers at the position. Eason, meanwhile, didn't make his NFL debut until stepping in on the Colts' final drive last week for the injured Wentz, completing two of five attempts for 25 yards and an interception.

Sep 23, 2021 8:02 AM EST

Likely next man up

Eason is the favorite to start Sunday's game against the Titans if Carson Wentz (ankle) is unable to suit up, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Coach Frank Reich declined to confirm Wednesday whether Eason or practice squad resident Brett Hundley would start if Wentz, who is nursing sprains in both ankles, is ultimately ruled out Week 3. Hundley (nine career starts) boasts more experience than Eason, who looked overwhelmed in emergency duty against the Rams last week, but Bowen notes that the 2020 fourth-round pick is still the likely favorite for a spot start, if necessary.

Sep 22, 2021 12:57 PM EST

Ineffective in emergency duty

Eason entered Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Rams for Carson Wentz (ankle) with 2:23 remaining and completed two of five passes for 15 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Analysis: The second-year signal-caller drew the proverbial short straw for Sunday's emergency duty, coming into the contest with the game on the line against a ferocious defense. Eason promptly was intercepted on his second pass attempt to short-circuit what would be the Colts' last realistic opportunity to drive for at least a tie, and his only two completions subsequently came against an extreme prevent defense with under 30 seconds remaining and deep in his own territory. Wentz significantly rolled his ankle on the play that knocked him out of the contest as per postgame reports, so it remains to be seen if Eason will be called on for a spot start versus the Titans on the road in Week 3.

Sep 19, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Will start if Wentz can't

Eason will be the Week 1 starting quarterback if Carson Wentz (foot) isn't cleared to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Eason was competing with Sam Ehlinger, who now is expected to miss at least a month with an ACL sprain. However, Wentz returned to practice this past week and seems to be gearing up for the opener, so the battle between Eason and Ehlinger had lost some of its intrigue even before the injury.

Aug 28, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Seems set for No. 2 role

Eason completed 10 of 14 passes for 74 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: He was under center for the Colts' first three drives and led them to two field goals, although one of those possessions started at the Detroit 18-yard line. The second-year QB didn't exactly stretch the field, but with Carson Wentz looking increasingly likely to be ready for Week 1 against Seattle, Eason seems locked into the No. 2 role -- particularly after Sam Ehlinger left Friday's game with a knee injury.

Aug 27, 2021 8:22 PM EST

Starting Friday night

Eason will start Friday's preseason game against Detroit, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Coach Frank Reich said the Colts will rest most of their starters , though not necessarily all of them. Eason has been viewed as a potential Week 1 starter ever since Carson Wentz had foot surgery, but the former Eagle now appears on track for the season opener. If nothing else, Eason is still the favorite for the backup job, as Sam Ehlinger has tossed three interceptions in two preseason games.

Aug 25, 2021 8:31 AM EST

Gets turn as backup to Ehlinger

Eason was 16-for-27 passing for 132 yards and notched a three-yard carry during Saturday's preseason win in Minnesota.

Analysis: After Eason started preseason Week 1 ahead of Sam Ehlinger, the tables turned Saturday, with the latter getting the first five possessions of the game. Ehlinger has been turnover prone through two exhibitions -- three interceptions versus no touchdowns -- but he's also turned 10 rushes into 41 yards. Meanwhile, Eason has combined for 31 completions, 315 yards, no TDs and no picks on 48 attempts during that stretch. Considering he's been more crisp as a passer, Eason may have the edge on Ehlinger to start Week 1, assuming Carson Wentz (foot) is unable to suit up.

Aug 21, 2021 9:16 PM EST

Accurate in NFL debut

Eason got the start against the Panthers on Sunday, completing 15 of 21 pass attempts for 183 yards in a 21-18 preseason victory.

Analysis: With Carson Wentz's (foot) availability in question for most of the 2021 season, Eason and rookie Sam Ehlinger will compete for the Colts' starting quarterback position (assuming no other candidates are brought in). The former appears to have gotten the early leg up based on his ability to protect the ball and complete the necessary passes to move the chains. Head coach Frank Reich already stated that Ehlinger (10 of 15 pass attempts for 155 yards and an interception) will get the start against the Vikings in the second week of the preseason, so this job battle is far from over.

Aug 15, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Getting starting nod Saturday

Coach Frank Reich said Eason will start Sunday's preseason game against the Panthers, when he's likely to see action into the second quarter, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Once Carson Wentz (foot) went under the knife, Eason received most of the first-team reps before yielding about half of them to rookie Sam Ehlinger in recent practices. Still, Eason is getting the first chance to be under center Saturday, before Ehlinger has that same opportunity in preseason Week 2 at Minnesota. Eason, a 2020 fourth-round pick, has yet to throw a pass in an NFL game, exhibition or otherwise.

Aug 13, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Splits reps with Ehlinger

Eason and Sam Ehlinger split first-team QB snaps at Tuesday's practice, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Bremer adds that coach Frank Reich indicated that the Colts plan to continue to split their first-team signal-caller reps and take things "day-by-day." Meanwhile, Bremer also notes that Eason is still expected to start Sunday's preseason opener against the Panthers and log first-team work in that contest.

Aug 10, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Ample preseason action on deck

Coach Frank Reich said "[Eason is] probably going to play a lot more than Carson [Wentz] would" this preseason, Kevin Hickey of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The majority of Indianapolis' starters will likely only handle sparse preseason snaps, in order to avoid potential injuries, but with Wentz looking at a 5-to-12 week recovery timetable after undergoing foot surgery, Eason will need all the game reps he can get. As a result of the 2020 fourth-round pick redshirting behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett as a rookie, the Colts have only really been able to evaluate him in practices. Reich recently indicated that he expects Eason to play two quarters in Indianapolis' preseason opener against Carolina on August 15.

Aug 6, 2021 10:31 AM EST

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