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5 Indianapolis Colts Players Who Need Good Showings at OTAs

5 Indianapolis Colts Players Who Need Strong OTA Performances

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OTAs are non contact which means there is a premium placed on the mental aspect of the game. These drills are right around the corner, and these five players need to make the most of them if the Indianapolis Colts want to hit the ground running during training camp.

5. Dwayne Allen

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5. Dwayne Allen

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Allen has to return strong after missing all of last year with a hip injury. He contributes to the offense in multiple ways, blocking and receiving. He is big enough to take advantage of light boxes and mobile enough to be a receiving threat.

4. Hakeem Nicks

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4. Hakeem Nicks

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Nicks was brought in on a one-year deal, and he needs to stay healthy this year to have an impact. Nicks has to hit the ground running, because the Colts have to ease Reggie Wayne back into the lineup.

3. Jack Mewhort

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3. Jack Mewhort

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The second round pick out of the Ohio State University was brought in to shore up the offensive line. It is still unknown whether he fits in at center or guard. If Khaled Holmes can be a decent starter and Donald Thomas returns strong, the Colts can have a decent offensive line next year.

2. Trent Richardson

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2. Trent Richardson

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The Colts gave up a first-round pick for Trent Richardson, and he was brought in to be the bell cow running back. He needs to get comfortable with the offense so he can start running and stop thinking. With an improved offensive line, Richardson has no excuse anymore.

1. Andrew Luck

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1. Andrew Luck

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This is a surprise, but with a new receiver in Nicks and an offensive line coming together, this team has the potential to be a top five offense next year. Fulfilling the offensive potential starts with the quarterback, and Luck can surely fill that void. With Mathis gone, there is more stress on the offense and hitting the ground running is a must.