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NFL writer suggests Colts put QB on trade block

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NFL writer Alex Kay of Bleacher Report wrote that the Indianapolis Colts should try to trade one of their quarterbacks.

There are several ways to reduce an NFL training camp roster to the maximum of 53 players allowed for the regular season. The most common way, of course, is to release players and then assign them to the practice squad if they’re still available after clearing waivers.

But another way is to exchange players. This allows teams to get something in exchange for the players they’re considering releasing, or it opens up a roster spot for someone else.

NFL writer Alex Kay of Bleacher Report named one player per team should put on the trading block in an article on August 15th. For the Indianapolis Colts, Kay named quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

“With Ehlinger upside, there’s a good chance another team will poach him if Indy tries to demote him from the active roster,” Kay wrote. “Rather than let that happen, the Colts could instead try to salvage some value for the 23-year-old and process him in the preseason.”

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Ehlinger competed for the Colts’ backup role behind center last summer, despite being a sixth-round draft rookie.

He began the regular season on injured reserve but assumed the Colts quarterback role upon his return with Indianapolis placement his colleague calling Jacob Eason in derogation on October 19.

But entering the 2022 season now, the Indianapolis quarterback’s depth chart is much deeper. Former MVP Matt Ryan arrived last offseason to replace the fickle Carson Wentz, and the Colts also signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

If Indianapolis only keeps two quarterbacks on its active roster like the team did last year, Ehlinger will be the odd man.

“With Matt Ryan taking over as QB1 and Nick Foles backing him up, the team have a tough choice to make with promising young replacement Sam Ehlinger,” Kay wrote. “Ehlinger is currently competing with undrafted rookie Jack Coan for the third string role. While Ehlinger has the inside lane due to his familiarity with the offense, the 2021 sixth-rounder could end up on the practice squad if the club doesn’t choose to keep three active QBs on the 53-man roster. .

“If Indianapolis only has two active callers this season – which the team has done for the past few years – it would be better to pick Ehlinger for Day 3 than get poached by the practice squad.”

Whether the Colts make room for Ehlinger on the active roster could largely depend on how he performs in the preseason and how the rest of the roster shakes out.

If the Colts had an injury-prone starting quarterback, there might be more incentive to keep a third caller on the roster active. But Ryan missed only three games in 14 years of career.


Ehlinger to be demoted to Colts practice squad?

The 23-year-old quarterback doesn’t make it easier for Indianapolis to keep three quarterbacks.

Ehlinger played very well in the first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, make 10 out of 11 passes for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. If he continues to play well, it will be more difficult to hide him in the practice squad.

However, there is also an upside to Ehlinger playing well in pre-season – his trade value will increase.

“The market for Ehlinger won’t be hot, but several teams need a promising depth option to develop in the QB room,” wrote Kay.

Coan struggled in his appearance against the Bills, go 1-for-5 with zero passing yards. Whether Coan shows improvement in Week 2 of the preseason could also influence what the Colts decide to do about their No. 3 quarterback.