Jacoby Brissett will be sitting behind Philip Rivers in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the backup QB won’t see the field.
Rivers is expected to receive the majority of the snaps behind center this upcoming season. But the Colts still plan to utilize Brissett’s skill-set – even if that comes in limited capacity.
Colts head coach Frank Reich is considering using Brissett in a Taysom Hill like role. The backup QB could see the field for “5-7 plays a game.”
Hill’s versatility has been a major weapon for the Saints offense – especially throughout the 2019 season. Brissett doesn’t appear to have the exact skill-set Hill has, which of course calls into question what exactly Brissett’s potential role could be for the Colts this season.
Reich says even though Brissett isn't the starter, that doesn't mean he won't see snaps. Might we see a Taysom Hill scenario? I wouldn't rule out 5-7 plays a game. "Certainly open to that," Reich says.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) March 31, 2020
Brissett wasn’t shy running the ball last season. The Colts QB carried the rock 56 times for 228 yards and four scores. He’s certainly capable of running the football a few times a game – running the ball exclusively would be a major transition for the now backup QB, though.
But in today’s NFL full of modernized spread offenses, versatile weapons in both the running and passing game are a major advantage.
If Brissett can become more versatile, he could have a major role for the Colts offense – even with Rivers starting behind center.