Indianapolis Colts' Offensive Projected Starters vs. Oakland Raiders

By EJ Mckinley
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback: Andrew Luck is going to start at the QB position come the Indianapolis Colts first game against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders’ defensive backfield is weak so Luck should be able to shred them for over 400 yards, at least.

Halfback: Reports are that Ahmad Bradshaw is healthy again. If he is really in top shape he will start. The Colts’ line is a good run blocking group, and the Raiders’ defense isn’t very solid. He can put up a good performance.

Wide Receiver: Reggie Wayne will take the right side of the field and be the quintessential No. 1 guy. T.Y. Hilton should spread out on the other side of the field and take the No. 2 spot, and Darius Heyward- Bey will be the No. 3 guy. We could see all three of these receivers shift around and work together in different sets.

Tight End: Dwayne Allen has solidified himself as the top guy so he will start, but we will see the backup Coby Fleener is some select plays and two tight end sets.

Left Tackle: Anthony Castonzo is slated to start. He won’t have too much trouble against the Raiders’ pass rush. He can be inconsistent at times but is far from a bad player.

Left Guard: New offseason addition Donald Thomas is going to start at LG. Thomas is a huge improvement for the Colts’ line.

Center: Samson Satele is a good center who only falters if isolated one on one. He will start against his ex-team, the Raiders.

Right Guard: Mike McGlynn will start at right guard. He isn’t a terrible option, but he is the least talented player on the offensive line.

Right Tackle: Gosder Cherilus was added in free agency this year and is a superb upgrade. He can run and pass block extremely well. He will start.

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