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The Indianapolis Colts rookie could be on the 53-man roster

By meerna Jun12,2024

Jason Bean never heard his name called in the 2024 NFL Draft. However, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. Will the Kansas quarterback make the 53-man roster? It will not be easy. However, this is possible if he shines throughout training camp and the pre-season.

Throughout the history of the NFL, there have been several undrafted quarterbacks who went on to have great careers. Kurt Warner and Warren Moon are the two biggest names on the list. While Bean likely won’t become a Hall of Famer like Warner or Moon, he could prove to be a solid pro in the future.

Jason Bean could be on the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster

Jason Bean’s collegiate career

Jason Bean began his collegiate career at the University of North Texas. During his three seasons with the Mean Green, he threw for a total of 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Bean transferred to Kansas in 2021. During his first year with the Jayhawks, he threw for 1,252 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 400 yards and two scores. In 2022, he recorded 1,280 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 222 rushing yards and 14 TDs on the ground.
Last season, Bean passed for 2,130 yards with 18 touchdowns and added 280 rushing yards and three scores. The Texas native had 410 passing yards and five touchdowns against Oklahoma State. His performance against UNLV was spectacular during the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. In that game, he threw for 449 yards and six touchdowns, leading Kansas to a 49-36 victory. It was Kansas’ first bowl victory in over a decade.

Will he be able to make the team?

Anthony Richardson is undoubtedly the Colts starting quarterback. The fourth overall pick in 2023 played in just four games as a rookie last season. However, he is healthy now and I hope he stays that way throughout the 2024 campaign.
When Richardson was injured, Gardner Minshew took over for the rest of the season. He currently belongs to the Las Vegas Raiders and was replaced by Joe Flacco.

Richardson and Flacco will certainly be on this year’s Colts lineup. But who will be the No. 3 quarterback? Ehlinger himself served in this capacity in 2023. Jason Bean will compete for a roster spot during training camp and the preseason with Kedon Slovis and Ehlinger.

Bean has a chance to get the job. Like Richardson, he is an extremely athletic playmaker who is a dual-threat. Colts head coach Shane Steichen, an offensive genius, could help develop him into a respected backup to Richardson. The team wouldn’t have to change the playbook much if it ever had to switch from Richardson to Bean.

However, Bean probably won’t beat Ehlinger. Ehlinger has been with the Colts since being drafted in 2021. He has NFL experience, playing in three games during the 2022 season. The Colts trust him. That’s why he’s been in the lineup for three years.

Bean and the other Slavic UDFA QBs might just impress during training camp. However, look for Ehlinger to retain his job as Indy’s third signal-caller behind starter Anthony Richardson and primary backup Joe Flacco.

Main photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

By meerna

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