Tom Brandstater has been playing catch-up since being added to the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback corps earlier this month. That won't change when the team reports to Anderson University on Aug. 1 for the start of training camp.
Brandstater piqued the interest of the Colts after he was waived by Denver.
"We'd like to see what's there," team president Bill Polian said after Brandstater participated in the Colts' final organized team activities recently. "The backup quarterback is Curtis Painter. The question is: Do we carry a third, and if we do, who is it?"
Brandstater is intent on ensuring he's in mix that currently includes Painter, Drew Willy and Tim Hiller. All want to serve as Peyton Manning's backup.
These names certainly won't knock your socks off in the fantasy world, and owning Manning's backup won't guarantee the same success Manning owners are used to. Chances are if you lose Manning for any time, you might be in trouble. At least knowing his backup could be important given the talent on offense though and whoever it is could have some value. Right now, it looks as if it will still be Painter.