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Indianapolis Colts 2018 Training Camp Preview

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The fate of the Indianapolis Colts seasons rests on the shoulders of Andrew Luck (Heather Bremer/CNHI Sports Indiana )

Does anyone else feel bad for Andrew Luck? Has any team treated a star quarterback worse than the Indianapolis Colts? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised because this team virtually did the same thing with Peyton Manning. Lame duck head coaches, zero defensive help, and horrendous offensive lines have people fooled that Andrew Luck isn’t really that good when that couldn’t be further from the truth. If Luck is healthy, Indy has a good of a shot as anyone in the AFC South, especially if Frank Reich knows what he’s doing. Should there be ringing optimism around the Indianapolis Colts heading into training camp?

3 Position Battles To Watch

1.Right Tackle: Denzelle Good, Austin Howard

The left side of the offensive line is starting to look pretty solid actually considering how bad the reputation of the Colts offensive line looks around the league. Anthony Castonzo, Quenton Nelson, and Ryan Kelly is a pretty good combo. The right side is, well, not so solid. Denzelle Good recorded a PFF grade of 61.3. I mean that’s not terrible considering he went to Mars College? Where the hell is that? Austin Howard quietly wasn’t terrible with the Ravens last year starting a number of games. I would expect him to start the year.

2. Right Guard: Jack Mewhort, Braden Smith

Continuing with the right side of the offensive line, Jack Mewhort has to go. He had a PFF grade of 46.1 last year. I don’t know what the Colts were watching but he was downright terrible even without using the PFF grade. The Colts did sign Matt Slauson in the offseason but his best days are well behind him. Rookie Braden Smith should start right away but he’s pretty bad for people who actually paid attention to college football. Smith was a second-round pick out of Auburn but had no business getting picked that high.

3. Tight End: Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron

I would expect the Colts to use two tight end sets a lot this year but it will be interesting to see which guy becomes the more productive Colt. Jack Doyle actually reeled in his fair share of ball recording 80 catches a year ago. Eric Ebron has largely been a bust as a former top 10 pick but was a guy that did have talent. Still just 25, I wouldn’t be ready to just give up on Ebron just yet.

Ready To Breakout: Malik Hooker

Talk about a guy who in on the fast track to becoming a bonified stud. In just 7 games as a rookie, Hooker swiped 3 interceptions. When Hooker tore his ACL, the entire defense fell apart. The former Buckeye is a true centerfielder in every sense of the word. I’m not sure there’s a safety that plays the ball better than this guy. Barring another injury, Hooker had the looks of a superstar as a rookie and will continue to improve.

Rookie To Watch: Kemoko Turray

When the Colts were at their best, they had Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis harassing quarterbacks off the edge. Indy currently doesn’t have a reliable pass rusher on the roster but they may have the ultimate diamond in the rough, Kemoko Turray. The former Rutgers player has limited football experience and is as raw as it gets. Kemoko Turray showed signs of brilliance as a freshman before falling off a cliff. His initial get off is excellent but it doesn’t look like he has a whole lot going for him after that. If Turray develops, he takes this Colts defense to a new level but that’s far from a sure thing.

The Lead Word – NFL PreDraft Special And NBA Finals – 4.25.18

Fantasy Sleeper: Marlon Mack

The Colts haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a game since Dinosaurs roamed the earth. No, seriously, it’s been that long. Marlon Mack is slated to be the starter at running back and they frankly have no one else to tout the rock. Nyheim Hines is nothing more than a pass catcher. Mack is the guy. Therefore, he’s your fantasy sleeper.


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