Who Will Start at Right Guard?
The offensive line has been the Achilles heel of the Indianapolis Colts for the past four seasons. As a result, right guard is another important position battle the Colts need to settle in training camp.
Right now, Hugh Thornton and Jonotthan Harrison are supposed to compete for this starting spot. However, the Colts have been experimenting this summer by letting Denzelle Good practice at the position as well.
The true competition for this starting spot is probably between Thornton and Harrison. Although Good has practiced at guard, the Colts want Good to eventually be their everyday right tackle.
Thornton and Harrison have both had rocky Colts’ careers. Neither guy has proven to be a reliable starter even though both have had plenty of starts in their careers.
Thornton was a third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. In his three seasons, he has started in 32 of the 37 games he has played in. He lost a position battle to Todd Herremans at the start of last season. However, he was re-inserted into the starting lineup after Week 2.
Meanwhile, Harrison went undrafted in 2014. Despite being the Colts’ backup center, he has started 19 games in his career. He has a lot of starting experience because former starting center Khaled Holmes had trouble staying healthy.
With the Colts drafting Ryan Kelly and instantly naming him the starting center, Harrison now has to move to offensive guard. As a result, the position battle between him and Thornton came to be.
This question will be very important for the Indianapolis Colts to settle in training camp. They need a line with good chemistry to protect Andrew Luck. The faster the Colts make this decision at right guard, the better they will be in 2016.
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