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Did The Colts Find Their Backup Quarterback In Scott Tolzien?

Posted Mar 11, 2016

Intro: With Matt Hasselbeck retired, Josh Freeman released and Charlie Whitehurst a free agent, the Colts were in need of a backup quarterback this offseason. They potentially found him on Friday with 28-year-old Scott Tolzien.


INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of inquiry about the Colts’ backup quarterback spot, has the team found its guy?

They might after signing Scott Tolzien on Friday afternoon.

Indianapolis will be the fourth NFL stop for Tolzien (6-2 and 213 pounds) after he went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2011.

“We looked at a number of quarterbacks during this process and we felt Scott fit us on a number of levels,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson in a team release.

“He is a young, highly intelligent, tough and driven individual who we feel possesses a lot of potential.”


For the past three seasons, Tolzien played behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

When former Packers’ backup Matt Flynn left Green Bay following the 2014 season, Tolzien became the backup for Rodgers.

The last significant NFL action for Tolzien came in 2013.

Tolzien, 28, started that season on the Packers’ practice squad but a slew of injuries forced him into game action.

In November of 2013, Tolzien played three straight weeks (two starts) and was 55-of-90 for 721 yards, 1 touchdown and 5 interceptions.

Outside of that, Tolzien has thrown just one other pass in five NFL seasons.

At the NFL combine in February, Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about Tolzien hitting free agency.

"Scott Tolzien did a great job for us," McCarthy said.

"I can’t tell you how much he was a part of not only our quarterback room, but our locker room. His work ethic is exceptional."


The San Diego Chargers initially signed Tolzien as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

After being cut in September of 2011, Tolzien joined the 49ers for two seasons before moving on to Green Bay.

If Tolzien is the Colts' backup in 2016, he will join Drew Stanton and Matt Hasselbeck as the backups Andrew Luck has had in his five NFL seasons.

While there aren’t any direct connections between Tolzien and the Colts’ coaching staff, he has been exposed to a similar offensive system.

Back in 2011 with San Diego, Tolzien learned under head coach Norv Turner, who is one of the mentors to Colts’ offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

 

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