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But when he hit free agency, Tolzien said he wanted to sign with a team where he knew he could develop as a quarterback, regardless of his placement on the depth chart.
After that, Scott Tolzien looked like a quarterback that could give his team a chance to pull off the upset.
“Every new offense has its challenges when you’re learning it from the beginning,” Tolzien said recently of mastering the Colts’ system, his bulky binder tucked under his arm. “So the way to combat that is just to be diligent on it every day. You don’t want to get too far behind because they’re throwing a lot at us, but it’s our job to learn it.”
At 28, Tolzien, a Wisconsin product, already has five-plus years of NFL experience in some pretty potent offensive schemes. nfl colts jersey After going undrafted, he was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2011 before joining the San Francisco 49ers later that year.
Two years later, it was on to Green Bay to play for the Packers, where he learned under Aaron Rodgers and had the opportunity to play in six total games from 2013-15, completing 56-of-91 of his passes (61.5 percent) for 721 yards with one touchdown to five interceptions.
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Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris are the other quarterbacks on Indy’s roster.
And after his first season as the team’s backup to Andrew Luck, Tolzien said he thinks he accomplished just that.
“It was a good year,” Tolzien said the day after the Colts’ 24-20, season-ending victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. “It was a great learning year. I thought I got some great coaching, I thought we had a really good quarterback room. And the challenge is to keep progressing.”
That didn’t change when Tolzien got to Indianapolis. He said after spending hour upon hour, day upon day at Luck’s side, he would have no hesitancy putting Luck “in the ‘great’ category,” even throwing around the infamous “E” word oftentimes attached to the top quarterbacks in the league.
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In 2014, the Dallas Cowboys traded up in the fifth round of the NFL Draft to pick wide receiver Devin Street out of Pittsburgh.
Street had a decorated career for the Panthers, leaving after the 2013 season as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (202), and third all-time in receiving yards (2,901).
It’s that kind of playmaking ability that the Indianapolis Colts hope they can get out of Street after No. 2 wide receiver Donte Moncrief went down with an injured shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
The Colts announced the signing of Street off the New England Patriots’ practice squad Wednesday morning.
Street certainly has the size (6 foot 3, 200 pounds) teams want at the wide receiver position, though he’s had limited experiences in his professional career thus far. He played in 31 career games with two starts for the Cowboys the past two seasons before the team released him during final roster cuts at the end of this preseason.
“You always have to be ready for that, especially in this business,” he said. “Injuries happen, guys get released, guys come and go, so you always have to be on your Ps and Qs because you don’t no when your number’s going to be called. But you better be ready if you really want to stay in this league.”