Jerry's Take on .... QB Josh Betts
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Posted May 8, 2006


ColtPower's Jerry Langton gives you his take on each of the Colts' undrafted free agent. He leads off this series with his thoughts on Miami (Ohio) quarterback Josh Betts.

Josh Betts, QB
Miami (Ohio)


Numbers: 6'2, 217 pounds, 4.70 forty

2005 stats: 434-248-3178, 27 TD, 13 INT passing, 44-(-61)-1 TD rushing

The player: If playing quarterback was nothing more than throwing a pretty, accurate pass, then Betts would have a guaranteed spot on the roster. Heck, he can even make NFL-quality throws on the run. But, unfortunately for Betts, there’s a lot more to the game and that’s where his game shows some flaws. He delays his naturally quick release with indecision, he locks onto his primary receiver and he gets flustered when dealing with complicated defenses or quick changes before the snap. All of those problems will become exponentially worse in the NFL than they were in college, but there’s hope for him. Betts, who didn’t have a great deal of starting experience in college, is considered a smart kid and quick learner and will be tutored by guys like Jim Caldwell, Tom Moore and Peyton Manning

How he fits: The third quarterback spot is his to lose. Betts has a great deal of talent, more than some NFL starters, but he has very little grasp of the mental aspect of the game and will have to prove that he can understand the Colts’ complicated offense and learn to make better decisions more quickly. There’s very little stress playing behind Manning, so Betts couldn’t be in a better position to thrive.

Reminds me of: Tony Romo, Cowboys

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