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Colts bring in vet QB Osweiler for visit



INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts had free agent quarterback.

The Colts are looking for a veteran backup. Jacoby Brissett of Andrew Luck last weekend.

The only other quarterbacks on the Colts' roster are Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly. Walker has never played a snap in a regular-season game and Kelly is suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Colts coach Frank Reich gave the message earlier this week that they would look to upgrade the backup spot.

Brock Osweiler went 2-3 starter for the Dolphins last season. AP Photo / Matt Ludtke

"Those are all really good things to consider – that's very important," Reich said Monday. "Phil [Walker] has been here for a while so we have a lot of confidence in Phillip." He knows our offense to 10 days. "

Osweiler, 28, 2-3 as a fill-in starter for the Miami Dolphins last season when Ryan Tannehill was injured. He gave the fan base hope in a period of dubbed "Brocktober," which started with him throwing for a career-high 380 yards in an upset overtime victory against the Chicago Bears, but his play is leveled off in the following games.

Osweiler did do, however, is re-establishing his career from disappointing starter to reliable backup quarterback. He signed a one-year, $ 880,000 contract with Miami and competed to make the roster as a backup. Despite a rough training camp, the Dolphins kept Osweiler as their No. Tannehill got hurt early in the season.

In 2018, Osweiler completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1.247 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Osweiler's biggest NFL contribution came in a similar role. Denver Broncos, helping them earn the AFC's top seed en route to victory in Super Bowl 50.

the Houston Texans, who traded him to the Cleveland Browns after a difficult season as the Texans' starter. The Browns released Osweiler just before the 2017 season.

Osweiler, who is entering his seventh season, was drafted by the Broncos in the second round (57th overall) the 2012 draft.

ESPN's Cameron Wolfe contributed to this report.


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