Indianapolis Colts: Going Inside the Blue and White Training Camp
The Frank Reich era got off to a rocky start last season in Indianapolis. They started the season 1-5 and it looked as if they were going to get another high draft pick, but the Colts went on a hot streak and finished the season 10-6. They were able to get into the playoffs for the first time in a few years because of it. If they didn’t beat the Tennessee Titans on the road the last game of the regular season, the playoffs would not have happened for them.
Indianapolis was the number six seed in the AFC and they knocked off the Houston Texans in the AFC Wild Card Round, but they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round. The Indianapolis Colts feel like they are ready to take that next step and be a serious Super Bowl contender.
Andrew Luck had a monstrous season last year in his first season back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season.
The running game was very underrated for Indianapolis last season. Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins will be the three featured backs on the roster and they will rotate in and out. The final roster spot will be between Jonathan Williams and rookie Aca’Cedric Ware since Spencer Ware is on the PUP list to start the season.
T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess will be the starting wide receivers. Chester Rogers had a decent year last season and he is expected to make the roster. Rookie Parris Campbell and Deon Cain will both most likely make the roster and they could break out in training camp. Zach Pascal will most likely be the final receiver to make the roster.
The offensive line was very strong last season for this season. There was a long stretch that they didn’t allow a sack. Anthony Castonzo will be the starting left tackle, Quenton Nelson will be the starting left guard, Ryan Kelly will be the starting center, Mark Glowinski will be the starting right guard, and Braden Smith will be the starting right tackle.
Indianapolis plays a 4-3 defensive scheme. Matt Eberflus is the defensive coordinator and he drew some interests from other teams for head coaching vacancies during the offseason.
Zaire Franklin, Anthony Walker, and Darius Leonard will be the starting linebackers. Leonard was a stud as a rookie last season. He was a tackling machine and finished the season with 163 tackles. Rookies Ben Banogu, Bobby Okereke, and E.J. Speed will most likely be the backup linebackers.
Pierre Desir, Quincy Wilson, and Kenny Moore will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. Rookie Rock Ya-Sin will be an interesting name to keep an eye on during training camp. Nate Hairston, Jalen Collins, Chris Milton, and rookie Shakial Taylor will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster.
Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal will flip duties between kickoff return and punt return.
Defensive end Jegs Jegede and center Javon Patterson are both on injured reserve.
The Indianapolis Colts began training camp on July 25. Also, they will have high expectations entering the 2019 season. In fact, a lot of people are expecting them to win the AFC South title. The last time they won the division was in 2014.
Indianapolis will begin the preseason on the road against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, August 8. Finally, the Colts will begin the regular season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, September 8.
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