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5 Takeaways From Indianapolis Colts Preseason Week 2 Loss

5 Takeaways From Indianapolis Colts Week 2 Preseason Loss

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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.

5. Reserve Defense Needs a Lot of Work

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5. Reserve Defense Needs a Lot of Work

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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.

4. Andrew Luck Looks Pretty Good

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4. Andrew Luck Looks Pretty Good

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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.

3. Adam Vinatieri's Got Legs

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3. Adam Vinatieri's Got Legs

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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.

2. The Running Game Still Needs Work

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2. The Running Game Still Needs Work

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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.

1. Dan Herron Should Make the Team

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1. Dan Herron Should Make the Team

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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.