Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Jack Coan is expected to see plenty of action in the team’s first pre-season matchup today against the Buffalo Bills, Colts Coach Frank Reich said.
The Sayville legend inked a free agent deal with Indianapolis this spring after not being selected in the NFL draft. He’s competing in camp with Sam Ehlinger, a second-year player out of Texas, to be the Colts No. 3 quarterback.
Long Islanders can catch Coan in action during the 4 p.m. game in Buffalo via the NFL Network, which is televising the game for free.
Veteran Matt Ryan, acquired from the Falcons during the offseason, is expected to be Indianapolis’ starter this fall. Fellow vet Nick Foles will likely be his primary backup.
Reich told Colts.com that he expects Ryan will play a bulk of the first quarter in the game today, and that all four quarterbacks will lead the offense at some point.
“Nick is having a great camp,” Reich said. “So, get him in there, shake the rust off and then get Sam (Ehlinger) and Jack (Coan) in there and give them plenty of time.”
Coan, a four-year starter with Sayville and a former Hansen Award winner in Suffolk County, spent four seasons, including one injured and out of the lineup, with Wisconsin before transferring to Notre Dame this past season as a graduate student. He led the Irish’s spirited pursuit of a national title; the Irish were No. 5 at the conclusion of the regular season and fell just short of the College Football Playoffs.
Notre Dame finished 11-2, including a narrow loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl, during which Coan threw for a Fiesta Bowl-record 509 yards and five touchdowns. His draft stock got a big boost after impressive showings at the NFL Scouting Combine and the East-West Shrine Bowl.
Top photo: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Coan (3) throws during practice at the NFL team’s football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)