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Jonotthan Harrison Receiving First-Team Guard Reps During OTAs

Posted May 19, 2016

Intro: With the Colts without Hugh Thornton and Denzelle Good right now, Jonotthan Harrison is getting some work in at the right guard position.

INDIANAPOLIS – The draft selection of Ryan Kelly has had a domino effect on the center position for the Colts.

Kelly is the starter.

Khaled Holmes, who was the team’s starting center heading into each of the last two seasons, has been waived.

What about Jonotthan Harrison?

Over the last two years, Harrison has been the Colts’ starting center for 19 games.

Kelly is in Indy now, so the job responsibilities for Harrison are going to change.

Some extra work at guard is now on that list.

With Hugh Thornton and Denzelle Good currently sidelined during OTAs, it’s Harrison getting the early first-team work at right guard.

“It’s a little different,” Harrison says of sliding over to guard.

“A little more space, sighting different rules. Playing center, I understand all the rules at all the positions. It’s just going to take practice, film study, correcting myself and just working on any weaknesses that I may have at the position.”

Harrison doesn’t bring a whole lot of guard experience with him into his third NFL season.

Back in the 2014 season finale, Harrison played a couple of quarters at guard.

That’s the lone extended guard work for Harrison at the professional level.

“The large majority of my playing time has been at center but I’m enjoying guard,” Harrison says.

“I think playing guard will add a lot of versatility.”

Such ability to play multiple spots is going to be key for Harrison.

The Colts do not have many natural interior bodies along the offensive line.

Harrison is one of those guys. If he can prove to be a capable guard, and backup center, that’s going to make him an appealing option when roster cuts arrive in early September.

“(Harrison) gives us a chance because of his awareness and (football intelligence),” Pagano says of the line shuffling with Thornton and Good rehabbing things.

“He’s doing a nice job.”
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