Jacob Eason

San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #9
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #9

Jacob Eason News

Signs practice-squad deal

The 49ers signed Eason to the practice squad Tuesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Eason was cut from the Panthers' practice squad Nov. 7, but he'll get another NFL opportunity just a week later. In a corresponding move, the 49ers' cut Kurt Benkert from their practice squad.

Nov 15, 2022 11:55 AM EST

Cut from Panthers' practice squad

Eason was let go from the Panthers' practice squad Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: With Sam Darnold (ankle) coming off injured reserve, Eason was the odd man out in the Panthers' quarterback room, getting cut Monday. The 24-year-old joined Carolina's practice unit in late August and was elevated to serve as a backup on two occasions this season and appeared in the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Rams, passing for 59 yards and an interception after he entered the contest for an injured PJ Walker. Eason will likely find another shot with a new team's practice unit in the near future.

Nov 7, 2022 8:15 AM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Eason reverted to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: With starter Baker Mayfield (ankle) still out, Eason was elevated ahead of Sunday's win over the Buccaneers to serve as Carolina's No. 2 quarterback behind PJ Walker. However, the practice-squad signal-caller did not play as Walker went 16-for-22 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay. Eason will now be eligible for just one more activation on game day while with the Panthers this season.

Oct 24, 2022 3:14 PM EST

Likely No. 2 QB on Sunday

Eason was elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: With Baker Mayfield (ankle) doubtful to face Tampa Bay and Sam Darnold (ankle) still out of action, Eason will likely serve as the backup to PJ Walker for at least one more game. Eason saw his first action of the season last week against the Rams after Walker left with a neck injury, and the former completed three of five passes for 59 yards and an interception.

Oct 22, 2022 8:02 PM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Eason reverted to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Eason was activated to Carolina's active roster for the first game this season with quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (ankle) and Sam Darnold (ankle) both out during Sunday's loss to the Rams. The practice-squad signal-caller had to step in after starter P.J. Walker was forced out with a neck injury in the second half. As a result, Eason completed three of his five passes for 59 yards and an 0:1 TD:INT ratio, and he will now be eligible for two more elevations from the Panthers' practice squad this season.

Oct 17, 2022 7:38 PM EST

Forced into action against Rams

Eason completed three of five passes for 59 yards and an interception in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: P.J. Walker left the game in the second half with a neck injury, leaving Eason as the last quarterback available for the Panthers. The 24-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the Colts in the 2020 NFL Draft and had only five career pass attempts coming into this week, but with Baker Mayfield (ankle) and Sam Darnold (ankle) also injured, Eason could find himself getting the start for Carolina in Week 7 against New Orleans.

Oct 16, 2022 4:46 PM EST

Will suit up at Rams

Carolina elevated Eason from the practice squad to its active roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's game at the Rams, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: It will be Eason's first game this season, and he'll probably be serving as a backup to P.J. Walker with regular starter Baker Mayfield (ankle) doubtful. The 2020 fourth-rounder has just five NFL pass attempts to his name.

Oct 15, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Joins Carolina's practice squad

The Panthers signed Eason to their practice squad Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Eason was waived by Seattle ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline. He's spent time with the Seahawks and Colts since he was drafted by Indianapolis in the fourth round of the 2020 Draft. In Carolina, he'll operate as an emergency option behind Baker Mayfield, P.J. Walker and Sam Darnold (ankle).

Aug 31, 2022 2:15 PM EST

Cut by Seattle

Eason was waived by Seattle on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Eason's only chance at making the 53-man roster would be if the team opted to go with three quarterbacks. However, they will stick with just Geno Smith and Drew Lock on the final roster. Assuming Eason goes unclaimed on waivers it is logical to think he will be signed to the team's practice squad.

Aug 30, 2022 2:10 PM EST

Ineffective in preseason matchup

Eason completed 17 of 35 passes for 141 yards and no touchdowns in Thursday's 27-11 preseason loss to the Bears. He also rushed twice for one yard.

Analysis: Eason struggled to get much rolling on offense in his first action of the preseason, as he averaged four yards per pass attempt and completed less than half of his passes. Both Geno Smith (knee) and Drew Lock (COVID-19) are battling ailments right now, but as long as both are cleared before Week 1, Eason is a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

Aug 19, 2022 6:31 AM EST

Should get playing time Thursday

Eason is expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears following news that Drew Lock will be out after testing positive for COVID-19, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Geno Smith and Drew Lock took all the snaps during the team's first preseason game as they compete for the starting job. Eason isn't in the competition, but he'll get a chance to showcase his skills during Thursday's exhibition matchup. While he has a big arm and a 6-foot-6, 227-pound frame, Eason has been unable to get on the field through his first two seasons in the league, as the 2020 fourth-round pick has handled just five offensive snaps in the regular season. A strong performance in Thursday's game could keep him in the backup quarterback conversation, either in Seattle or elsewhere.

Aug 17, 2022 7:47 AM EST

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

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