Colts coach Frank Reich shares his thoughts on QB Justin Herbert
The Indianapolis Colts are still figuring out their future at the quarterback decision.
Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement thrust Jacoby Brissett into a starting role and, while Brissett performed admirably, there is still an element of the unknown as to how the Colts will proceed.
Head coach Frank Reich provided some insight into his process in evaluating players at the NFL scouting combine, and also had some praise for Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (via Kevin Hickey of USA TODAY):
Regardless, they are taking a look at all of the quarterbacks in this class. Head coach Frank Reich has been catching up on tape and has some positive praise for Herbert’s game.
“Obviously, I focus on both sides of the ball, but mostly on offense. So, I’ve been watching. I started with receivers, watched as many of those as I can then get to the quarterbacks,” Reich said at the combine. “Justin (Herbert) certainly has had a good career, his tape is exciting. He does a lot of good things.”
Herbert completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 3,471 yards and 32 touchdowns with the Ducks last season, leading Oregon to a 12-2 record.
Similar to Brissett, Herbert has a big frame at 6’6″ and nearly 240 pounds, though he does not quite possess the same kind of mobility as Indy’s current starter.
The Colts might elect to draft a quarterback to push Brissett, though they also have needs at wideout and in the defensive backfield. Herbert might even be off the board by the time the Colts are on the clock with the 13th pick.
Still, it is interesting Reich specifically mentioned Herbert, who will surely be one of the top quarterbacks off the board after Joe Burrow.