Four-Down Friday: Which Injury Casualty From 2013 Will Make The Biggest Impact In 2014?

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Intro: What’s on the minds of those in Colts Nation? Who is the biggest returnee from the 2013 injured Colts? Which undrafted free agent has a chance to make the Colts 53-man roster?

ANDERSON – You asked them and we answered them.

Here’s “Four-Down Friday” which is a weekly Twitter Q and A piece that will run every Friday.

This week’s installment of questions focuses on the likes of the returnees from injury, the crowded backfield, undrafted free agents and LaRon Landry.

Let’s start off with by far the toughest question, one with not just a singular answer. Throw Donald Thomas into those four and we saw all five offensive starters placed on IR last year hit the practice field on Thursday afternoon.

Wayne is the obvious choice but for the sake of the question, I’ll go with Allen. When Allen went down in 2014, Pep Hamilton’s offense lost one of its most unique assets. Even after one training camp practice, it’s clear Allen allows this offense to be much more creative. The formations itself haven’t changed much but Allen can impact the game as an h-back, receiving tight end or an in-line blocker. Don’t get me wrong, I could make strong cases for each of the four names you mentioned but Allen is a weapon that Hamilton should utilize in a variety of roles in 2014.

We are going deep into the Colts roster with this week’s “Four-Down Friday”. It’s pretty clear the Colts are keeping at least three running backs on the 53-man roster and a decent chance that a fourth will be kept.

Daniel “Boom” Herron is your guy as the fourth back. He was an excellent special teams player for the Colts last year and showed some promise in very limited carries in 2013 (five carries for 33 yards). If Herron makes the 53-man roster, I would expect him and Vick Ballard to both play some special teams. An injury to the top three is going to have to happen for Herron to receive carries but if called upon, he has shown an ability to be productive.

An interesting question with some intriguing possibilities. The Colts have had a history of undrafted free agents making the opening day 53-man roster and this year is no exception to candidates.

Wide receiver Tony Washington, out of Appalachian State, continues to make plays but there’s an obvious logjam at receiver. At center, Jonotthan Harrison out of Florida is a player that Chuck Pagano calls a “diamond in the rough” and will get some reps to prove himself. Spots without a ton of proven depth, mainly corner and possibly defensive line, would be areas to look to as well. “Sweet Lou” Purifoy is a corner that has the physical gifts to make it at this level.

Take one look at Landry and it’s clear he didn’t miss many opportunities in the weight room this offseason. His biceps dwarf that of virtually any other Colts defender and it’s safe to say Landry will pack plenty of punch near the line of scrimmage.

But for now, the only on-the-field look we’ve got of Landry is during the Thursday morning walk-through. He was held out of Thursday’s first training camp practice for “precautionary” reasons. There’s no denying the importance of Landry getting on the field as quick as possible to form some cohesion with whoever ends up lining next to him. The sooner the better, because Denver and Philadelphia are waiting the first two weeks of September and Landry’s roaming presence is a must for opposing quarterbacks to have to think about.

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