New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts
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Things to Watch:
1) Interior Offensive Line: With Khaled Holmes out, undrafted free agent Jonnotthan Harrison will see his second consecutive game of significant playing time. Only this time, he’ll be the starter. Unfortunately for Harrison, there are no veterans to lean on inside. Another rookie, Jack Mewhort, will be starting at left guard next to him, and to his right is second-year right guard, Hugh Thornton. Both this group’s cohesion and effectiveness could be major sticking points as the season progresses. The Colts have to protect the franchise in #12, and this group’s play is a key cog in that going forward.
2) LaRon Landry’s Debut and Free Safety: Having been held back in training camp, it’ll be interesting to see if Landry will have any rust or whether the Colts’ were just holding back their big hitting safety for competition that actually somewhat matters. With the free safety job still up in the air between Delano Howell and Mike Adams, the Colts would like to have Landry solidify the other half of the safety equation at SS and return to his 2012 form, as he struggled a bit last season.
3) When will we see Key Veterans: Reggie Wayne, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Vontae Davis have yet to debut. I’m thinking all 3 will be held back at least another week (especially Reggie), but it will be interesting to see when the Colts’ coaches and front office think it’s best to throw them back out there.
4) Can “Boom” Bust Out: Will RB Boom Herron finish what he started, when last week he rushed for 26 yards on 7 carries and a receiving TD against the Jets? He’s in the driver’s seat for the 3rd RB spot behind Richardson and Bradshaw, if he can just hold on. Simply put, it’s his job to lose now.
5) Who’s the 4th DB: While Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, and Darius Butler have the top 3 spots of the CB depth chart presumably locked up, who’s next-in-line? With some of the aforementioned group’s injury history, that player could be thrust into significant playing time in 2014. My early favorite is the talented undrafted free agent, Loucheiz Purifoy, who performed well in camp, but it will be interesting to see as the preseason progresses.
It should be a fun one, Colts fans! Even if it doesn’t quite live up to the “Manning Bowls” of prior seasons.