Secondary Burning Questions Heading Into Training Camp

Posted Jul 21, 2014

Intro: After back-to-back playoff appearances, the Colts have the foundation set for a deep playoff run. What’s in store at the defensive backs position group heading into the 2014 training camp?

INDIANAPOLIS –The backend of the Colts defense will be tested early and often in 2014.

Some free agent additions and casualties in the secondary took place earlier this offseason and questions remain on the four-man group heading into Anderson.

Here’s a look at the defensive backs burning questions heading into training camp.

Will Vontae Davis make the jump to a Pro Bowl level?

Popular conception around most sports is players tend to perform at a higher level during a contract year.

Worry then becomes the following year, if the player will live up to expectations after signing a mega deal.

Davis was a key offseason priority for the Colts and they inked him just as the 2014 free agency period was getting underway.

At the age of 25, Davis figures to be heading into his prime and he’s coming off a season in which the Pro Bowl was talked about for the former first-round pick.

Ask Davis about the Pro Bowl and his eyes will light up

A change of scenery has suited him quite nicely and he wants to become one of the league’s top cornerbacks.

Consistent play from Davis in 2014 is a must for a Colts secondary facing some of the game’s most prolific air attacks.

STAT TO NOTE: The 930 snaps played by Davis last season were 237 more than any other Colts cornerback.

How will LaRon Landry fare in his second season with the Colts?

It’s no secret.

The Colts need Landry to play at an elite level in 2013.

Who lines up next to Landry is a hot topic heading into Anderson but Landry will have plenty of eyes on him as well.

Losing Antoine Bethea is a significant loss and Landry needs to fill a playmaker role while making sure everyone in the secondary is on the same page.

Landry was a tackling machine in his first two games as a Colt but once a turf toe injury sidelined him for over a month, he wasn’t the same the rest of the season.

Getting Landry to play like the “game wrecker” he was labeled during the 2013 free agency will go a long ways in having a sound final unit of defense.

STAT TO NOTE: Landry had 26 tackles in the first two games of 2013. After that an 18-tackle total was his highest over a two-game stretch.

Who starts next to LaRon Landry?

A question that in all likelihood will wait without an answer until mid-to-late August.

The safety position was fluid with different bodies throughout the Colts offseason program and I would expect different combinations to get runs with the first unit at training camp, too.

Delano Howell has been the most talked about of the candidates, but health is a concern for the third-year safety.

With Howell and Landry sidelined from minicamp, Sergio Brown and Colt Anderson, guys known for their play on special teams, saw ample time with the starting 11.

Then you have the late free agent signee of Mike Adams to add to the mix.

Adams is a 10-year veteran, who started for the Broncos the last two seasons.

How quickly can he get up to speed from a knowledge standpoint will be something to keep an eye on.

A healthy Howell would seem to be the favorite
but this position is far from set in stone with the team’s first preseason game a little more than two weeks away.

STAT TO NOTE: The Colts have to replace the 1,028 snaps of Antoine Bethea from last season, and a player who has started 96 straight games at safety.

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