Scott Tolzien Continues To Take First-Team Reps For Colts

Posted Aug 28, 2017

Intro: Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said quarterback Scott Tolzien continued to take reps with the first-team offense on Saturday, though playing time for Thursday’s preseason finale is yet to be determined.

INDIANAPOLIS — After strong performances from both Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris in Saturday’s preseason contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said he’d need to review the film before determining which quarterback would work with the first team moving forward.

And on Monday, after the Colts players returned after a day off to prepare for Thursday’s 2017 preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pagano said Tolzien remained as the team’s No. 1 quarterback for the day’s practice session.

“Both guys played well,” Pagano said of Tolzien and Morris. “Both guys moved the football team, both guys had touchdown drives and field goal drives. So, a lot of positives coming out of that.”

Tolzien started Saturday’s game against the Steelers, and would complete 7-of-10 passes for 123 yards with an interception, leading the team on one touchdown drive, as well as a field goal, in three total series played.

Morris, meanwhile, took over from there and played into the fourth quarter. He completed 12-of-16 passes for 143 yards on the night, and led the team on one touchdown drive, as well as two more field goals.

Although the Colts wrap up their preseason on Thursday in a game in which starters traditionally play very minimal, if any, snaps, Pagano acknowledged on Monday that there is a chance Tolzien would play against the Bengals.

It’s a decision the coaching staff will “have to discuss at length,” Pagano said.

Tolzien took over starter duties from Andrew Luck after Luck underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, and has been entrenched with the No. 1 offense since the start of the offseason workout program.

After undrafted rookie Phillip Walker got a chance to run the No. 2 offense for the first two preseason games, the team eventually decided to give those reps back to Morris, who was primarily with the Colts’ practice squad all of last season except for the Thanksgiving Night game against the Steelers, in which he was active but did not play.

While Luck remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, Pagano said Monday his focus remains on those players who are immediately available with the regular season opener against the Los Angeles Rams now 13 days away.

“We’re moving forward with who we have on this football team right now, and who’s practicing,” he said.

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