MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts will settle on a No. 2 quarterback between Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger, with the solid probability they’ll also be deciding on a non-public-in starter until Carson Wentz is ready to return.
Given their inexperience, the Colts aren’t about to speed the choice.
Eason handed for 132 yards and directed two arena goal drives, and the Colts beat the Minnesota Vikings 12-10 on Saturday evening.
“There were some trusty things, and there were a model of things to clear up,” said Eason, who went 16 for 27 with out a turnover.
Troy Dye returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown to highlight a sharper exhibiting by Minnesota’s backups, one of two deflected-then-picked-off passes thrown by Ehlinger, the Indianapolis sixth-round draft settle on. Ehlinger started and led two arena goal drives within the first half of.
Dye snagged the ball that used to be tipped on the motorway by Armon Watts and glanced off Parris Campbell’s hands within the first quarter, working it in for the precise touchdown the Vikings comprise in their two exhibition video games.
Ehlinger used to be 8 for 13 for 70 yards, enjoying with about half of starters and half of backups. He used to be also intercepted by undrafted rookie defensive model out Jordon Scott, who grabbed the ball after it glanced off large receiver Ashton Dulin.
“We’re every such younger guys. We’re making an try to present ourselves and be taught as much as likely,” Ehlinger said. “We realize that is a marathon, not a poke, and with relatively of luck we every are in a situation to comprise long careers and that is moral a miniature step in that toddle.”
Taking half in three safe series within the abet of the starting offensive line, Kirk Cousins had his first motion of this preseason for the Vikings and carried out 5 for 7 for 23 yards. He used to be sacked once by first-round draft settle on Kwity Paye, who beat left model out Rashod Hill off the brink.
“I if fact be told feel if fact be told trusty. I felt if fact be told clear tonight, as a long way as moral seeing protection and getting through my reads. I felt like we moved rapidly. I felt find it irresistible used to be a extremely tender operation, and that used to be encouraging,” Cousins said.
The Vikings failed to convert 11 of their 13 third downs. Greg Joseph missed a 51-yard arena goal large trusty, the precise time Cousins and firm were in scoring vary. Joseph later made a 49-yard strive, after a possession with backup Jake Browning within the abet of center.
Browning went 6 for 15 for 82 yards, and rookie Kellen Mond used to be 6 for 12 for 61 yards.
Coach Mike Zimmer sounded a minimal of mildly enthusiastic by the general performance from first to third string, and said he doubtlessly will play the starters on offense within the final exhibition. The Vikings comprise carried out moral six of 23 preseason possessions in opposing territory.
“We don’t if fact be told comprise much rhythm occurring there,” Zimmer said.
Dye, the 2d-one year linebacker from Oregon drafted within the fourth round, used to be one of a total lot of standouts among the many 2d-string protection that Zimmer used to be so upset in after the first exhibition, a 33-6 defeat by Denver.
With the retirement this week of Cam Smith, who used to be making an try to return after starting up heart surgical contrivance, the depth chart is large starting up within the abet of 2019 All-Authentic Eric Kendricks, four-time Authentic Bowl settle on Anthony Barr and newcomer Gash Vigil.
The sport used to be ample of a yawner even by preseason standards that the fans spiced up the wave dumb within the third quarter by tossing their memento capabilities within the air throughout their flip to face, prompting two warnings from the public tackle announcer.
Colts: WR T.Y. Hilton, RB Jonathan Taylor, LB Darius Leonard and TE Jack Doyle were essentially the most famend avid gamers held out for precaution.
Vikings: Defensive starters Danielle Hunter, Harrison Smith, Patrick Peterson and Xavier Woods were on the sideline once more, as used to be RB Dalvin Cook.
Colts: LG Quenton Nelson, who has the same form of foot fret as Wentz, remained out collectively with fellow OL starters Ryan Kelly (elbow) and Eric Fisher (Achilles). … Backup DT Antwaun Woods hurt his hamstring within the first quarter and used to be ruled out for the comfort of the sport.
Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson used to be held out once more, coming off a minor shoulder fret that happened two weeks within the past in discover. Barr (undisclosed) used to be also a spectator, as used to be rookie LT Christian Darrisaw (groin), who has fallen within the abet of Hill on the depth chart. … WR Adam Thielen carried out the first series nonetheless took a knee to the thigh throughout an incompletion and did not return.
Colts: at Detroit on Friday evening.
Vikings: at Kansas City on Friday evening.
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