These are the five Colts players to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.
5.) Greg Toler - Cornerback
The Colts have been trying to find a corner to play opposite of Vontae Davis ever since they traded for him. While that has not happened yet, Chuck Pagano has been giving very high praise to Toler throughout training camp. The fact of the matter is that the Colts secondary is suspect at best, especially at safety. If Toler is playing at the level in which Pagano is praising him for, that will do nothing but bolster the secondary. However, he has to stay healthy this season too.
4.) Jack Mewhort - Guard
With Donald Thomas out for the year, again, the 2014 second round draft pick will be thrown into the fire. Mewhort, who started the last 39 games of his career at Ohio State, was drafted to add depth to the interior offensive line, and also because of his versatility as an offensive lineman. With Thomas out for the year, Mewhort will be expected to step in and protect Andrew Luck. The interior offensive line for the Colts may be the worst in the league, whether or not it has improved will have a lot to do with Mewhort’s performance throughout the season.
Nobody has a locked down job at safety other than LaRon Landry, who struggles to stay healthy. With the departure of Antoine Bethea to the 49ers, his spot is up for grabs. This could be a major issue for the Colts if they cannot fill the position. If the Colts get lit up deep over the middle throughout the preseason, don’t expect this to improve much during the regular season.
2.) Donte Moncrief
The third round pick has received a resounding approval from Colts camp. Many say that he brings an athleticism to the Colts receiving core that they did not have before. With all of the hype surrounding him, and Reggie Wayne getting older, it will be interesting to see if he will end up being the heir apparent to Wayne. Wayne will not be playing against the Jets, so expect Moncrief to get a lot of opportunities against them. A big rookie season out of the rookie would do nothing but add another weapon to the Colts already outstanding group of tight ends and wide receivers.
1.) Trent Richardson
Year two of the Trent Richardson trade. The Colts traded a first round pick to the Browns last year (Johnny Manziel, you’re welcome Cleveland), for Trent Richardson. The team saw very little results from Trent last year, but it is always difficult to be traded in the middle of the season. This is year two, and Vick Ballard is already injured. Therefore, it is even more vital that Trent Richardson has a good season rushing the ball. Richardson has received some praise from training camp, but we should have a good idea of what we should expect from him as the preseason progresses.
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014, 6:00 PM CDT