INDIANAPOLIS – Just over a month from the regular season opener, the Colts are beginning to see some more starters emerge.
Coming into Training Camp, Chuck Pagano's team had several questions left on each side of the ball.
Have any of those been solved?
- No. 3 Wide Receiver:Chester Rogers is the guy. When the Colts have started 11-on-11 drills, utilizing three-receiver personnel, there's Rogers, playing alongside T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief. We've seen much more of Rogers than Kamar Aiken and Jacoby Brissett. The latter two will, and still could, factor into things behind Hilton and Moncrief. But early returns indicate that Rogers is a virtual 12th starter for the Colts.
- Offensive Line Depth:With interior backup Brian Schwenke still sidelined, guys like Denzelle Good, Zach Banner, Jeremy Vujnovich and even Adam Redmond are competing for depth spots. The real story on the offensive line so far came from the switching of Jack Mewhort and Joe Haeg. Left guard is now Haeg's spot, with Mewhort flipping to right guard. Once Schwenke comes off the PUP list, we should get a clearer picture of the O-line depth.
- Defensive Line Positions:Like the point above, the defensive line is waiting for a player to come off PUP. With Kendall Langford (knee) watching, the Colts have had a consistent three-man front in their base defense. A three-man grouping of Al Woods, Johnathan Hankins and Henry Anderson has worked together. We will see when Langford does return, if that impacts anything up front.
- Inside Linebacker:The most wide open position group on the roster has also seen some separation. Jon Bostic and Antonio Morrison have easily been the most frequent ILBs running with the first-team defense. When some subbing does occur, Edwin Jackson is often the one going into the lineup. Bostic brings some speed and Morrison provides some physicality to the middle of Indy's defense.
- No. 2 Cornerback:Quincy Wilson's first-team reps are increasing, but this spot still belongs to Rashaan Melvin. This battle should be monitored very closely in the coming weeks. Will the rookie supplant the nine-game starter from last season?
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