Tolzien retired from professional football earlier in the offseason and will serve as an analyst for the University of Wisconsin football team in 2019, Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Tolzien was selected by the Birmingham Iron of the now-defunct AAF in November but opted to retire before the start of training camp. The 32-year-old last appeared in the NFL in 2017 as a backup for the Colts and will finish his career with 1,065 passing yards, two touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games.
Tolzien's name was among the quarterbacks called off during Tuesday's Alliance of American Football draft, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.
Tolzien last played in the NFL during the 2017 season as a backup for the Colts, but the veteran will take a shot at spring ball with hopes of winning the starting job and getting a chance to impress NFL scouts in the spring. Tolzien hasn't seen much success in the NFL when under center, posting a 2:9 TD:INT ratio in the 10 regular-season games in which he's appeared.
The Colts officially named Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, leaving Tolzien to serve in the backup role, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Though Brissett has been with the Colts for less than a month after being acquired from the Patriots prior to final roster cuts, Tolzien performed poorly enough as starter in the team's embarrassing loss to the Rams in Week 1 for coach Chuck Pagano to go in a different direction. If Andrew Luck's shoulder injury keeps him sidelined for the foreseeable future and Brissett fails to ignite the offense or succumbs to an injury, it's possible that Tolzien gets another look as the team's signal caller, but he's unlikely to yield promising results in that scenario. For his career, the 30-year-old Tolzien owns a mediocre 61.6 quarterback rating and a 2:9 TD:INT ratio.
Tolzien is expected to be cede the starting quarterback job to Jacoby Brissett for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Tolzien had a rough go of it in Week 1, completing just nine of his 18 pass attempts and throwing two interceptions before being removed from the game in favor of Brissett. That poor outing led to the duo splitting the practice reps this week, and the team is apparently ready to go in a different direction just one week into the season. The Colts have not confirmed the swap, but expect that to happen one way or another at some point Friday.
The Colts will divide first-team practice reps between Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett this week, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Tolzien tossed a pair of pick-sixes prior to being removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's blowout loss to the Rams. Brissett proceeded to lead the Colts' only touchdown drive of the game, albeit with the outcome already determined. The Colts seem to be leaning toward starting Brissett for the Week 2 matchup with the Cardinals, but Tolzien might be able to change the team's mind if he turns in a strong week of practice.
Tolzien completed nine of 18 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He also gained two yards on two carries.
Tolzien got off to an inauspicious start to his tenure as the Colts' starter, throwing a pick-six on his very first pass attempt. He struggled to generate anything downfield, as he averaged just 7.1 yards per attempt and saw a second interception returned for a score midway through the third quarter. Jacoby Brissett was brought in for the fourth quarter, and although he attempted just three throws, he seemed to be more efficient at running the offense than Tolzien. It remains to be seen who will start next week's game against the Cardinals, but given Sunday's results, it would not be a surprise if Brissett got the nod.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard confirmed that Tolzien will start Sunday's regular-season opener against the Rams, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
With Andrew Luck (shoulder) still not practicing and Jacoby Brissett just acquired over the weekend, there wasn't much doubt Tolzien would get the Week 1 start in Los Angeles. The Colts might consider moving to Brissett for Week 2 if Tolzien struggles in the opener and Luck still isn't ready.
Tolzien completed four of five passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason win over the Bengals.
Tolzien, who played just one drive in the exhibition finale, will likely start Week 1 against the Rams with Andrew Luck (shoulder) seemingly doubtful to be healthy in time to suit up. The 30-year-old Tolzien may not keep the starting job long if Luck remains out, however, as Stephen Morris had an impressive preseason as the No. 2 quarterback.
Tolzien will start Thursday's preseason finale against Cincinnati, while Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker also will see time, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.
Though he may get the Week 1 start if Andrew Luck remains out with a shoulder injury, Tolzien will be given another tuneup after a lackluster preseason. He improved in his third preseason game, finally leading the team on a touchdown drive, but he didn't wow them, so if he doesn't turn up the production, he could lose the backup job to Morris whenever Luck returns.
Tolzien was 7-of-10 passing for 123 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh. He led the Colts to a touchdown and field goal in his three series.
Despite the interception, Tolzien improved in his third preseason game as the offense finally showed some signs of life. It was probably a strong enough performance to keep him as the No. 2 quarterback and start Week 1 if Andrew Luck remains out, despite the continued strong play from No. 3 quarterback Stephen Morris.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tolzien is still the team's No. 2 quarterback despite a second lackluster performance in Saturday's preseason loss to the Cowboys, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Shortly after Saturday's game, Pagano said he would evaluate the Colts' quarterback depth chart, but he backed away from those comments Monday. Tolzien has completed only 12 of 19 passes for 94 yards in two exhibitions and hasn't led the team on a touchdown drive. With no reports of Andrew Luck being close to being removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list, it looks increasingly likely that the Colts will start Tolzien in the team's first regular season game. However, with another poor outing from Tolzien in the team's third preseason game, Pagano could look to see if Stephen Morris can provide an upgrade while directing the first-team offense.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano sugggested he will review his quarterback depth chart after Tolzien had a second lackluster preseason start, the Indianapolis Star reports. Tolzien was just 10 of 14 for 70 yards and led the Colts to only three points on four drives in Saturday's loss to Dallas.
Indy's first-team offense has struggled the first two games with Tolzien under center. Tolzien completed 71 percent of his passes Saturday, but averaged just 5.0 yards per attempt. Stephen Morris may get more of a look with the second- and even first-team offense in the next preseason game as a result. Indy's offense looks in trouble with whoever is at quarterback if Andrew Luck (shoulder) remains out.
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. He also totaled six yards on three rushes and had a fumble that was recovered.
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 eventually leave the game with a back injury stemming from a hard hit on a catch deep down the middle in the second quarter. Tolzien came up short of the goal line on third-down scrambles on two separate occasions, then couldn't connect with his receivers on the subsequent fourth-down play in either instance. Luck could well be back for the Colts' Week 13 road matchup versus the Jets, but if he's unable to be cleared in time, Tolzien showed enough Thursday to be considered a fairly sneaky, albeit somewhat desperate, fantasy option against New York's vulnerable secondary; at least he'll have 11 days of prep time before that contest.
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.
Tolzien could start Thursday against Pittsburgh with Andrew Luck placed in the league's concussion protocol.
With the Colts playing on Thursday, Luck doesn't have much time to be cleared from a concussion. Tolzien could make his third career start as a result.
Tolzien was 13-of-18 for 107 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in Saturday's preseason loss to Baltimore.
Tolzien looked sharper in his second preseason game and appeared to put some distance between himself and Stephen Morris for the backup job behind Andrew Luck.
Tolzien started Saturday's preseason game at Buffalo, and completed 12-of-23 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for one yard.
Tolzien was the beneficiary of coach Chuck Pagano's decision to sit Andrew Luck. He got more reps than Stephen Morris, suggesting that Tolzien is indeed the clubhouse leader to win the Colts backup job.