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Is New Lineman Brian Schwenke Competing For A Starting Job?

Posted Mar 20, 2017

Intro: The lone new offensive signing in free agency for the Colts has been veteran lineman Brian Schwenke. Where exactly does Schwenke fit into the offensive line in Indianapolis?


INDIANAPOLIS – Brian Schwenke’s resume against the Indianapolis Colts reads like this: 8 games. 8 losses.

His resume against Andrew Luck says: 11 games. 10 losses.

Yeah, you could say Schwenke is glad to be on the Colts’ (and Luck’s) sideline come fall.

As a past rival of Luck’s teams (Schwenke played collegiately at California from 2009-12 and professionally with the Titans the last four years), the results have been anything but favorable when facing No. 12.

“I’ve seen what he can do,” Schwenke says of Luck while cracking a smile. “It’s definitely a good thing to (now) be on his side.

“Andrew is an unbelievable quarterback.”


If/when Schwenke is called into duty later this year, he will be tasked with protecting the franchise in Indianapolis.

But the question of how much the Colts will be relying on Schwenke has yet to be determined.

Schwenke, who started 28 games in four seasons with the Titans, says the chance to be a starter in Indianapolis was a strong selling point in free agency.

“The big reason I wanted to be here was they were going to give me an opportunity to compete to start on Sunday’s,” Schwenke says.

That chance will come at guard, with Ryan Kelly firmly entrenched at center.

In four seasons with the Titans, Schwenke was mainly a starter at center, but did see some action last year at left guard.

The chance to compete in Indianapolis for Schwenke will likely come at right guard.

Kelly is the center. Jack Mewhort is returning from injury at left guard.

At right guard, Joe Haeg made four starts there last year, but new GM Chris Ballard has said the right side of the line needs to be figured out.

If Schwenke doesn’t start in 2017, he should be more than a capable interior backup, one that has starting experience, like the departed Jonotthan Harrison.

“We are excited to add Brian to our offensive line group,” Ballard says.

“Brian’s versatility was what made him most attractive to us and he will provide more competition at the position group.”





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