Colts conform to take care of QB Gardner Minshew

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are anticipated to make further quarterback maneuvers earlier than the offseason ends, however they bolstered the place a bit with Thursday’s signing of former Philadelphia Eagles backup Gardner Minshew, a crew supply confirmed.

Indianapolis holds the fourth general decide in subsequent month’s NFL draft, with which it’s anticipated to pick out a quarterback. But Minshew, an skilled, younger veteran, provides them some peace of thoughts at a place that was a supply of fixed issues for the Colts in 2022.

Minshew, 26, reunites with first-year Colts coach Shane Steichen, who was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator the previous two seasons. Minshew began two video games instead of injured Eagles starter Jalen Hurts final season and brings familiarity with Steichen’s offensive ideas to what’s anticipated to be a younger quarterback unit.

Steichen has beforehand spoken of his consolation degree with Minshew due to his understanding of the sport.

“I think he’s really intelligent,” Steichen mentioned in 2021. “He’s a football junkie.”

Minshew has began 32 video games in his 4 seasons, together with 14 as a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. He has thrown 44 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions in his profession, throughout which he has posted a 93.1 passer ranking.

The Colts have extra quarterback choices to make, together with what to do with veteran Nick Foles. He is beneath contract for yet one more season. The Colts even have 2021 draft decide Sam Ehlinger on their roster. Last 12 months’s unique starter, Matt Ryan, was launched on Wednesday.

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Indianapolis endured an excessive amount of turmoil at quarterback final season, with Ryan being benched twice, Foles sustaining a season-ending damage and Ehlinger being promoted to starter earlier than later being demoted.

Minshew is, arguably, probably the most viable quarterback presently on the roster. Foles is nearing the tip of his profession and Ehlinger has had very restricted expertise. Signing Minshew provides the Colts choices if and after they draft a quarterback, offering the posh of not instantly inserting the newcomer into the beginning lineup.

Thursday’s information was first reported by NFL Network.