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Colts Release Gosder Cherilus, Jack Mewhort Now The Expected Right Tackle

Intro: On Sunday morning, the Colts released starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus. What does that mean for the rest of the Colts offensive line?





INDIANAPOLIS – Perhaps the biggest Colts question heading into the 2015 Training Camp has an answer before the team even reports to Anderson.

The Jack Mewhort era at the right tackle position is likely to begin Sunday, August 2, and the end is nowhere in sight.

On Sunday morning, the Colts released starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus, who had injury concerns coming out of the 2014 season and missed the entire 2015 offseason program.

With Cherilus sidelined, it was Mewhort who took the majority of first-team reps at right tackle late in the offseason program (Joe Reitz saw some action, too, when Mewhort wasn't participating).

Mewhort was the Colts starting left guard during his rookie season last year.

He did log one start at right tackle, when Cherilus missed the season finale in Tennessee (Reitz, who was hurt at the time, then became the starter at right tackle during the Colts' postseason run).

Tackle experience for Mewhort extends back to his days at Ohio State, and that versatility was why the Colts coveted him with their second-round pick in 2014.

"I made a big point of trying to pay attention to all the different coaching points last year when different guys were getting coached up, and still (do) now," Mewhort said earlier this offseason. "If we are in (the meeting room), and there's a coaching point for a left guard, for a right guard, I'm making sure that I'm writing it down.

"It all goes back to (offensive line coach) Joe Gilbert telling us day one, 'You all are going to be cross-training.' You have to have your head on a swivel. You have to be paying attention to everything, so when your number gets called you can step in and do it at a high level."

The No. 75 of Mewhort will be called upon immediately at right tackle, when the Colts open up Training Camp next weekend in Anderson.

With Mewhort now expected to be the starting right tackle, the ripple down effect across the offensive line will be something to watch at camp.

Veteran Todd Herremans appears to have the lead on the starting right guard spot.

At left guard, returnees Lance Louis and Hugh Thornton have both been starters for the Colts.

The X-factor up front could be Donald Thomas.

When the Colts signed Thomas during the 2013 offseason, he was thought to be a starter in the interior.

Injuries cut his 2013 campiagn short barely a game into it. Thomas' 2014 season ended when he re-tore his quad early in Training Camp.

If healthy, Thomas could finally be the starting left guard the Colts expected him to be back in 2013.

Thomas and the Colts will now shift their attention to the upcoming weekend, when the team reports to Anderson on Saturday morning for the start of Training Camp.

When that happens, the Colts will have a new man in Mewhort trying to solidify the right edge of the Colts offensive line.

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