Scott Tolzien is expected to back up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis this fall. With Luck coming off of shoulder surgery, Tolzien will take starter's reps at the start of training camp. Hopefully that's as close as he gets to starting for the Colts -- in one start last year against the Steelers he threw for 205 yards and tossed his second career NFL touchdown. A career backup, it would probably not be a good thing to rely on Tolzien in Fantasy play.
Tolzien completed two of five pass attempts for 24 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to Detroit. Tolzien, who is in line to be the Colts' starter if Andrew Luck's shoulder keeps him out for much longer, helmed just three drives in the preseason opener, including two three-and-outs. It wasn't the kind of outing that inspires much confidence and Tolzien's previous record doesn't look much better. The long-time backup has a career touchdown:interception ratio of just two:seven during spot duty in Green Bay and Indianapolis.
Tolzien will start Thursday's preseason game against Detroit, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports. Tolzien has been working with the first team offense while Andrew Luck (shoulder) is on the Physically Unable to Peform list. Tolzien will likely start every preseason game even if Luck is activated from the PUP list soon. However, it's not clear how much Tolzien will play, and perhaps he'll be limited in case he's needed for the start of the regular season.
Tolzien has been working with the first team offense while Andrew Luck (shoulder) is on the Physically Unable to Peform list, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 reports. The Colts are hopeful Luck will be activated off the PUP list in time for the regular season, but there's no way they can know that at this time. If Luck needs to open the season on the PUP list, he'll miss at least the first six games, requiring Tolzien to be the starter. The seldom-used Tolzien has played nine games (three starts) during his four-year NFL career, including one start with the Colts in 2016.
Tolzien, drawing the start for the injured Andrew Luck (concussion), completed 22 of 36 passes for 205 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 28-7 loss to the Steelers. Tolzien turned in a solid effort in what was his first start in exactly three years, but a combination of factors helped derail any chances of a victory. The 29-year-old was victimized by drops on several occasions and also saw T.Y. Hilton go down with a back injury on a hit deep down the middle after a drop. Tolzien also came up short of the goal line on third-down scrambles on two separate occasions, and then couldn't connect with his receivers on the subsequent fourth-down play in either instance. Luck could well be back from the Colts' Week 13 road match-up versus the Jets, but if he's unable to be cleared in time, Tolzien certainly showed enough Thursday to be considered a fairly sneaky, albeit somewhat desperate, fantasy option against New York's vulnerable secondary with 10 days of prep time.
Tolzien is expected to start Thursday against Pittsburgh with Andrew Luck listed as out due to a concussion, ESPN reports. Stephen Morris is expected to be the backup quarterback to Tolzien. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano left open that Morris could play Wednesday, but Tolzien is widely expected to start. Tolzien has made two NFL starts, his last on Nov. 24, 2013 against the Vikings when he played for the Packers. While the Colts may have a more conservative game plan with Tolzien under center, he could put up decent fantasy stats since he's facing the league's 26th-ranked pass defense.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@Los Angeles Rams||26||21.88|
|5||10/08||San Francisco 49ers||25||21.75|
|3 Year Avg||61.5||73||0||1||0||0||1|