The Indianapolis Colts are currently in the midst of OTAs. It is one of the few brief bits of news we will get about the team until training camp begins on July 23rd.
Today we look around the web and see what people are saying about the Colts. We’ll also be looking at what is in store for this team in the 2014 season.
Nate Davis gives his NFL Predictions to USA Today. He has the Colts going 13-3, can’t say I agree. Best case scenario is that the Colts open the year 2-2 with Robert Mathis out for four games. Think they’ll only lose one more game? I doubt it. This defense isn’t nearly good enough to get them to the Super Bowl either. Andrew Luck can work magic, but he’s only one man.
Mike Chappell of the Indy Star catches up with Edgerrin James. Would you believe that he is 11th all-time in rushing yards in NFL history? People forget just how amazing he was with the ball prior to his ACL tear. If that injury had happened just a few years later, he would have bounced back like Adrian Peterson.
Chappell also looks at all the injuries the Colts suffered last season. The graphics accompanying the piece is excellent as well.
Mike Wells at ESPN delves into the race for the starting running back stop. With two candidates returning from major injuries the race is basically on hold and likely won’t be decided until the preseason.
Wells also broke down why Ed Reed isn’t an option at safety, in case anyone really thought he was. The Colts secondary situation is dire and still terrifies me, but old man Reed wouldn’t make it any better.
Christopher Gasper from the Boston Globe discusses why Roger Goodell needs to punish Jim Irsay. At this point, its getting a bit ridiculous. Goodell has punished many people much faster and with less evidence. Couple that with the charges coming against Irsay over a week ago, and it becomes very puzzling.
Kyle Rodriguez from Bleacher/Report looks at the progress of the rookies so far. Its a bit of a bleak report, as there isn’t much buzz around this rookie class. I still don’t understand the wisdom of not addressing the needs of the team or at least taking the best player available.
Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus takes a look at the 2014 Depth Chart. I believe that PFF under rated Luck, denoting that he is a “good” but not “great” starter. They also qualified Trent Richardson as an “average” starter, which made me laugh. It also shows the poor state of the defense with three “good” starters, one “elite” (Mathis), the rest are average or below.
Ben Gundy of Colts Authority takes a look at Bjoern Werner as part of their Charting Project. Short answer: Werner need some work in all facets of his game.
If you didn’t see it earlier, our new writer Chris Yingling took a look at Luck heading into the his third season.