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Colts select Jacob Eason to develop for post-Philip Rivers era

The Colts signed Philip Rivers this offseason in a win-now move, but they are using the draft to prepare for the future. We break down the addition of Jacob Eason.

Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers enters the stadium prior to a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts made a splash this offseason, signing Philip Rivers to take over as their starting quarterback in 2020. He is the clear-cut starter for 2020, but at his age and on a one-year deal, Rivers is not the long-term answer. And so, the team has added some competition by drafting Jacob Eason in the fourth round with the 122nd overall pick.

The Colts QB depth chart still includes Jacoby Brissett and Chad Kelly, so there is some significant competition heading into training camp. Brissett was the starter last year after Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement. He completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 2,941 yards, with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions, as well as 228 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

The Colts finished the season 7-9, and the team wanted a quick fix. Brissett is still in the team’s plans, but drafting Eason offers competition. And as a day three pick, they are not making a huge commitment.