By Steve Ungrey on August 19, 2014
The second preseason game has come and gone, and a lot of pieces are falling into place for the Indianapolis Colts. However, there are also some other questions coming up that need to be answered. Here are five things to take away from the Colts' 27-26 loss to the New York Giants.
The starting defense for the Colts held the New York Giants to 56 yards of total offense and pretty much shut everyone down. Then the reserves came in, and the lead was totally shot. This scenario shouldn't repeat itself in the regular season, but if some starters get hurt it could give the Colts reason for concern.
If the two preseason games are any indication, Luck could be in for an awesome season. He's connecting with all of his receivers and there doesn't appear to be any lingering stench from an awful performance against the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs last January.
And he knows how to use them -- kicking legs, that is. His two field goals in the loss were over 40 yards, including one that traveled 53 yards. Vinatieri has been a solid presence on the Colts in the last several years and, barring injury, these two kicks show he will be counted on heavily in the regular season.
Ahmad Bradshaw didn't play Saturday, but even if he did it might not have made much of a difference. Trent Richardson's 21 yards led the running attack. That's it. The Colts have been a pass-happy, run-starved team ever since the Edgerrin James era ended in Indy, and the team needs to make the offense more two-dimensional.
The Colts need two things and Herron provides both. He can run and catch passes, but Herron is also a special teams player. That could take some pressure off of T.Y. Hilton to do one role or the other this season instead of spreading himself too thin. Herron looked solid in the Giants game last week.
September 2, 2015 by Trevor Lowry
The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Indianapolis Colts to close out the preseason. Read More
September 2, 2015 by Brendan Patel
Here are the five most dysfunctional franchises in the NFL right now. Read More
September 2, 2015 by Mitchell Bley
Frank Clark has gotten a lot of criticism for a meaningless player, and he doesn't deserve it. Read More
September 2, 2015 by Jason Fletcher
The Carolina Panthers head to Heinz Field on Thursday night to square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final preseason game for both teams. Read More
September 2, 2015 by Casey Drottar
The Browns cut Phil Taylor today, and the early returns from rookie Danny Shelton are a big reason why. Read More
September 2, 2015 by Jeric Griffin
The sports world is obsessed with starters, but the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to avoid that train of thought at running back in 2015. Read More
September 1, 2015 by Chad Troyan
Financials aside, the time for AJ McCarron to take the helm for the Cincinnati Bengals is now. Read More
September 1, 2015 by Doug Green
The Chicago Bears have suffered numerous injuries to their wide receiving corp, and Denarius Moore could be a quality addition. Read More