With Robert Mathis being suspended for the first four games of the NFL season, there are a number of players who have to step up and replace his production. It is always easy for teams to say next man up, but the hard part is finding that next man to replace the production.
Bjoern Werner is scheduled to be the next man up for the Indianapolis Colts this year, and so far he has answered the call. He has had a great week of practice according to multiple reports from the Colts training camp. George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin actually called Werner the MVP of the first week of training camp:
Meanwhile, Bjoern Werner continues to impress. Strong case as first week MVP. #ColtsCamp
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) July 28, 2014
Bremer is not the only person who has taken note of Werner during training camp. Stephan Holder of the Indianapolis Star also talked about Werner’s athleticism on his podcast, noting that was something that they didn’t see from him last year.
It is pretty clear that Werner has stepped to the plate so far in training camp, and that is great news for Colts fans. But this should all be taken with a grain of salt. For years Colts fans were told how strong Jerry Hughes looked in camp and that was followed up by no production in the preseason or regular season. I am not saying that Werner is the next Hughes, but it is clear that sometimes dominating in training camp does not translate to production on the field. Having Werner dominate training camp is a step in the right direction, but Colts fans shouldn’t be excited until the preseason starts.