Jack Mewhort Working As Colts Right Tackle

Intro: After two days of Colts Training Camp, it’s clear that Jack Mewhort is the team’s starting right tackle. What does Mewhort at right tackle mean for the Colts?

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ANDERSON – His locker back at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center is to the left of Andrew Luck, but it's the right side fans will have their attention to this season.

When the Colts starting offense broke the huddle during the team's first Training Camp practice on Sunday, there was Jack Mewhort settling in at right tackle.

He was back there on Monday and that spot could very well be the permanent home for the 23-year-old offensive lineman.

In his rookie debut last year, Mewhort started 13 games at left guard. Tackle duties were called upon in the season finale though, with Gosder Cherilus and Joe Reitz sidelined.

Those duties might just be a long-term place for Mewhort.

"When you go back and you look at the number of snaps Jack played for us last year at guard, (then) when we had to play him at tackle late in the season, he did a great job," offensive line coach Joe Gilbert says.

"The other good thing is he's coming in, and in talking to him, the healthiest he's been since going into his junior year of college. So he's really excited. I think you got a guy there that's athletic, healthy, young. He's got a lot of upside to him."

The Colts grooming of Mewhort's upside began in earnest earlier this offseason.

Mewhort worked exclusively at right tackle during OTAs and throughout the team's three-day mini-camp.

Past experience at tackle for Mewhort includes two years as a starter on the left side back at Ohio State.

The right tackle work this offseason was the first time Mewhort has worked there since the 2014 Senior Bowl.

"Just as far as learning the system a little more, the nuances of playing tackle in this system, it helped out a lot," Mewhort said of his time at right tackle this spring. "It was a big part of my mental game to go out there and get some reps at right tackle."

As the next-door locker mate of Mewhort, Luck knows what the Colts are potentially getting at right tackle, between the ears.

If the Colts have found their right tackle of the future in Mewhort, they will pair him opposite the already established left tackle in 26-year old Anthony Castonzo.

Hearing Luck describe Mewhort, the characteristics are reminiscent of Castonzo

"Great mental makeup. Tough, very smart, sharp guy," Luck says of Mewhort. "He picks up things very quickly and also physically, he's athletic, he's quick, he's strong.

"I think he'll do a great job and I look forward to him being out there for a bunch of reps this camp."

A behind the scenes look at Jack's 2015 photo shoot.

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