The battle for backup in Indy

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt //@JulieNoted_PFG

With just a few days left until the kickoff to the 2019 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts get things finalized as they release the 53-man roster. And there were plenty of shock and awe situations, especially in the backup quarterback department.

Granted, Colts’ new QB starter Jacoby Brissett just got paid to the tune of a two-year extension worth $30 million dollars per Ian Rappaport of, making him the franchise QB1 at least through the 2020 NFL season.

Brissett negotiated his own contract, just like he did with his rookie one.  He told the media on Monday afternoon that he doesn’t like “other guys bullshitting for me.” Brissett is guaranteed $20 million at signing which gives him some security.

But earlier before the news of extending Brissett’s contract, the Colts announced the signing of ex-Patriot QB Brian Hoyer. This position was needed to be filled since the other backup QB Chad Kelly would be missing the first 2 games of the regular season as he serves his 2-game suspension. And although Kelly played well in the last 2 preseason games, Ballard, Reich, and company needed to securely place a QB2. Realizing that Hoyer could come to play immediately if Brissett will not be able to fulfill his duties in a game, adding him made sense. And with the season starting this week, this had to be addressed as a priority.

Where does this leave Chad Kelly? With the signing of Brian Hoyer, this is a possibility that he could take in the role as QB3 and possibly releasing QB Phillip Walker from the practice squad. We will not know the fate of Kelly until possibly Week 3, however, make no mistake about it, what they saw in Chad Kelly made an impact on the organization.


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