When the Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants on Saturday night, they are going to be playing without their starting center Khaled Holmes. Holmes has a sprained ankle and the team expects him to be ready for the season opener against the Denver Broncos. But other than Holmes, the Colts are very thin at the center position.
This is why Jonotthan Harrison has the spotlight on him this week. Harrison is an undrafted free agent out of Florida and is the next man up to replace Holmes in the starting lineup. While in college, he started 39 games and appeared in 51 throughout his four-year career. He was also named team captain and played at center for his entire final season.
While looking at his tape, you can tell that Harrison does struggle when he is asked to block a nose tackle one-on-one when they are lined up over top of him. That could be a big problem at the NFL level when more teams are using the 3-4 scheme to give them flexibility along the trenches. But that problem could be solved with the help of a double-team with one of the guards.
Harrison does do a solid job of reach blocking to the next level and works well with the double team. He is smart enough to recognize blitzes. Andrew Luck is probably expected to do more now along the offensive line when it comes to adjustments because that is too much to expect a rookie to do in his first start.
It is important to realize that Harrison shouldn’t be expected to shoulder a major role in the season opener, but Colts fans should just look to see if he plays at a solid level. The center is one of the most important and one of the most underrated positions on the football team. The Colts need depth at that position, and that’s why Colts fans should pay attention to Harrison’s play on Saturday.