INDIANAPOLIS – 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 an offensive line X-factor, the undrafted free agent class, how the Colts stack up against the AFC and which unit has improved most in the offseason.
@KBowenColts big fan of you. Question is: who do you think is the X factor for O line to make a big jump this year? Holmes health?— Arke (@ArkeApps) August 21, 2014
I tend to agree that the health/play of
From a sheer “most important guy” type of statement on the line, I tend to lean more towards the tackles though. You don’t really have any proven tackle depth behind
It’s that time of year where these types of questions start to pour in. No team in the NFL has had more recent success in having undrafted free agents make 53-man rosters than the Colts. In each of the last 15 years, the Colts have had at least one UDFA on the team’s opening day roster.
Names from the 2014 crop that have impressed this preseason include center
Not holding anything back with this question. When looking at the AFC landscape, New England and Denver are in a class by themselves, with the Colts knocking on that door.
In order for the Colts to be true contenders at the top of this conference, the offense needs to become more consistent in red-zone and third-down situations. Defensively, and improved rush defense is priority No. 1. In a small sample size this preseason, we’ve seen the Colts make strides in all those areas. The inevitable term of “if you can stay healthy” clearly applies to the Colts. But make no mistake, the pieces are in place for this team to play into the month of February.
An extremely difficult question to round out this week’s “Four-Down Friday.” While I think the offense will make a jump into one of the top units in the league this year, I’ll go with the defense for the significant move they will make in league rankings.
The rush defense has been stout in the preseason and with the likes of