The Indianapolis Colts open their season against the New York Jets on Aug. 7 and the final score doesn’t mean anything from a team standpoint but everything before the final whistle blows. There are a lot of players who are fighting for playing time and a good showing early on can earn some playing time for that particular player.
Most people know how well Andrew Luck can play at the NFL level, but that doesn’t mean the first team offense doesn’t have things to work on. Look to see how well Luck and Hakeem Nicks are playing early on. Don’t expect Luck and Nicks to hit it off right away, but if they are going to play well together, then that’s something to be excited about if you are a Colts fan.
The Colts have already stated that Reggie Wayne will not be playing in the first preseason game. That should mean that T.Y. Hilton moves into the slot and Donte Moncrief should be playing outside. Moncrief has looked great in training camp so far and it will be interesting to see how it translates to live action.
As for the offensive line, it is going to be interesting to see how well they can handle the Jets’ first team defensive line. The interior running game and protection is something that the Colts have to work on and if they can hold their own against the Jets, that is something they can build on going forward.
Also, it’s time for the Colts to see how well Khaled Holmes can handle things in a game setting. The Colts do not have a lot behind him, which means there is a lot of pressure on the second year player. Colts fans should pay attention to rookie Jack Mewhort, who is going to be starting at one of the guard spots. If he can hold his own against the Jets, that could be another thing to build on going forward into the season.
The Colts do not have the best depth in the NFL. Other than the running back position and wide receiver there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. The second team offensive line is something to keep an eye on. Other than Xavier Nixon there isn’t much the Colts can offer from an experience point of view.
Colts fans should expect the first team offense to play well. There is a lot of talent that can make a big difference, but the questions come on the second teams. There are a lot of questions on the offensive line and that could slow down the second team in a big way on Thursday.