The Colts may be looking to add a quarterback following Andrew Luck’s surprising retirement.
The Steelers’ Joshua Dobbs “could be a name of interest” for Indianapolis, according to ESPN. Dobbs, 24, is competing with Mason Rudolph for the second spot on Pittsburgh’s depth chart behind Ben Roethlisberger.
Josh Dobbs could be a name of interest for the Colts QB2 gig if Mason Rudolph does, in fact, win the backup job in Pittsburgh
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) August 26, 2019
Dobbs was originally selected by the Steelers out of Tennessee in the fourth round of the 2017 draft and has played in five career regular-season games. He has completed 53.6% of his passes and thrown two interceptions in three preseason appearances in 2019.
The Colts, meanwhile, appear to have a need under center after Luck shockingly announced last weekend he was stepping away from football after seven years with the team. The top pick in the 2012 draft was a four-time Pro Bowl player and was named the Comeback Player of the Year last season.
“This is not an easy decision,” Luck said at a press conference Saturday. “Honestly, it’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me. For the last four years or so, I’ve been in this cycle of injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, and it’s been unceasing, unrelenting, both in-season and offseason, and I felt stuck in it. The only way I see out is to no longer play football.
“I’ve come to the proverbial fork in the road, and I made a vow to myself that if I ever did again, I’d choose me, in a sense. It’s very difficult. I love this team, I love my teammates, the folks in our building, the folks in this building, the fans, the game of football. And as part of this team, as a member of this team, and because of how I feel, I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position, which would not only sell myself short but the team in the end, as well. And it’s sad, but I have a lot of clarity in this.”
“I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. … it’s sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this.”
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 25, 2019
With Luck’s departure, the Colts are set to enter the season with Jacoby Brissett under center. Brissett has made 17 career starts over three seasons.
The Colts, however, may need to acquire another signal-caller via trade as they lack an experienced backup behind Brissett. Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly — who have combined for just one NFL regular-season appearance — are the other quarterbacks currently on Indianapolis’ roster.