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Chuck Pagano Looking For Starting Offensive Line To Emerge Early In Training Camp

Intro: When the Colts arrive in Anderson, Chuck Pagano wants to see a starting offensive line begin to form early on in Training Camp.





INDIANAPOLIS – We know which position group Chuck Pagano is going to have his eyes glued to early on in Training Camp.

While many fans will be getting their first glimpses of Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Trent Cole in Colts uniforms, Pagano will be on the far practice field.

His attention will be in the trenches, as the Colts strive for the right five to protect Andrew Luck.

"I think the biggest question mark might be that group right now," Pagano said of the Colts offensive line at the end of the team's mini-camp. "It seems to be the group we talk about the most."

During the Colts nine-week offseason program, bodies were shuffled in and out of the first-team unit up front.

The reason? To find some possible answers to the questions below.

-Can this guy play both guard spots?

-Is this a contingency plan if "Player X" isn't healthy?

-Are there potential backups, who have rare value when roster cut downs occur in September?

Now with Training Camp just a month away, Pagano says the days of having multiple lineman subbing in and out of the first-unit needs to come to an end.

"It's going to be imperative that once we get to Anderson on August 1st, we get, as fast as we can, five guys out there and get them playing together so there's continuity together," Pagano said after the team's mini-camp.

"From a communication standpoint, it's great for the quarterback. It's great for everybody."

The health of Gosder Cherilus will be storyline No. 1 in seeing what exactly that starting five will initially look like come August.

A total of 10 Colts offensive linemen have started games before the NFL, which gives Pagano plenty of hope, even with Cherilus' health in question.

"We do have a lot of guys that have played a lot of football and there's going to be a ton of competition at a bunch of spots, especially those interior spots, those guard spots and that center spot," Pagano said.

"Everybody is wondering who that right tackle is going to be, but we've got a bunch of guys who have played quality snaps at those spots. It's going to be interesting and I can't wait to see what the final product is."

While at least a few of the starting spots remain "TBA", the goal for the entire group is self explanatory.

"Protect 12" is ingrained into the Colts offensive line room and is of heightened importance when looking at the potential of the entire offense in 2015.

"If Andrew has time," offensive line coach Joe Gilbert says, "I really feel we have the guys at the skill positions that are really going to eat anybody up, if we give 12 time back there."

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