It’s hard to believe that the Indianapolis Colts are already in the midst of the 2013 training camp.Now it’s time to focus on making this talented roster better and finding out who’s going to make the active 53-man roster come Week 1.
The most important part of training camp and the four-week preseason, though, is keeping everybody healthy. We’ve seen some big-time injuries in the league already as the first week of camp for all 32 teams got underway. With the Colts making significant changes and upgrades to their lineup, they can’t afford a set back from injuries.
Three of the most important positions for keep healthy is obviously quarterback, wide receiver and the offensive line.
Andrew Luck is the heart and soul of this franchise as he enters his second year in the league. He led the Colts to nine fourth-quarter comeback wins in 2012 in an 11-win season. The sky is the limit this season for the young Colts as many have them once again making the playoffs with what could be a deep run at the Super Bowl. The health of Luck determines how far they can go.
Speaking of keeping Luck healthy, the offensive line needs to protect the young quarterback so he doesn’t get injured. The Colts brought in four new offensive linemen and tried to address the issue of keeping Luck off the ground. He was sacked 41 times last year and at least once in every game.
The line is definitely better but still somewhat thin. If guys go down with injuries this preseason, they’re back to square one.
The receivers position is very skilled, but thin after the third man on the depth chart. Reggie Wayne, Darius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton are three of the most prolific receiving receivers in the league. After that, though, is a big drop-off as LaVon Brazill likely will be let go for effort and off-the-field troubles, and the other two players remaining to fill the spots don’t have much experience.
It’s safe to say that the Colts need to stay healthy this offseason and get off to a great start with healthy starters when the regular season starts.