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5 Early Predictions For The Indianapolis Colts’ 2014 Season

5 Early Predictions for the Indianapolis Colts

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We are in the middle of the NFL offseason. Teams are running OTAs and minicamp is around the corner. Here are five early predictions for the Colts' season.

5. Trent Richardson Will Be Better

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5. Trent Richardson Will Be Better

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Now that Trent Richardson has had a full offseason to understand and learn the Colts' playbook, his numbers and play should improve dramatically. His play could not be any worse than last year, but being comfortable in the offense and running without thinking is huge in the NFL. Expect a big jump from the third-year running back.

4. The Offensive Line Will Improve

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4. The Offensive Line Will Improve

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With the addition of Jack Mewhort the Colts are going to get some versatility on the offensive line. Khaled Holmes cannot be as bad as Samone Salata from last year, and the offensive line can move from bad to average. That's exactly what a player like Andrew Luck needs to get his numbers to superstar levels.

3. Run Defense Will Improve Dramatically

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3. Run Defense Will Improve Dramatically

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The Colts chose to upgrade their run defense in the offseason with the additions of D’Qwell Jackson and Arthur Jones. Jones is going to give the Colts some depth on the defensive line and allow for fresh legs. Jackson is a good run stuffer and should provide support in the middle of the defense this year.

2. Dwayne Allen is Going To Be a Star

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2. Dwayne Allen is Going To Be a Star

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The average fan will be able to put Allen in the elite tier of tight ends by the end of next year. He is going to bring some flexibility and that is going to lead to some versatility with the Colts offense. He is a great blocker and will be able to match up well against linebackers in coverage.

1. Andrew Luck Will Be in the MVP Conversation

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1. Andrew Luck Will Be in the MVP Conversation

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Luck is already a superstar in this league, and his third year should be his biggest leap yet. He is going to have the best offensive line he has ever had. There is no change to the offensive system for anyone returning. He finally has the weapons to put up the stats necessary to be put in that conversation.

Christopher Pimentel is a Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google