With Indianapolis Colts’ training camp set to begin tomorrow (July 23-August 10) at Anderson University in Anderson, IN, (with full squad reporting on Wednesday) we take a look at the Colts’ 5 Big storylines.
1) How’s Reggie Wayne’s ACL Recovery: While he’s apparently ahead of schedule and working hard in his recovery, Reggie Wayne’s knee may be the biggest cause of concern entering 2014. As you may recall, Reggie Wayne tore his ACL on a fluke play in Week 7 against the Broncos. At age 35, Wayne is entering the twilight of his career, and it will be interesting to see if he can return to his prior Pro-Bowl caliber form. If he can, it takes tremendous pressure off T.Y. Hilton and rest of the Colts’ receiving corps (not to mention QB Andrew Luck), providing the offense with another marquee playmaker.
2) What Trent Richardson Will We See: After trading their 2014 first round pick for him, the Colts sorely hope that RB Trent Richardson can turn it around. He averaged a sub-par 2.9 ypc in his debut season as a Colt and looked nothing like the franchise running back that the team was expecting. Richardson wasn’t very decisive with this cuts and lacked explosion, but there’s the hope that with a full training camp with the team and a greater familiarity of both the playbook and his offensive line, that the team will see a better Trent Richardson in 2014.
3) Who’s Playing Alongside LaRon Landry at Safety: Once former starter Antoine Bethea signed a lucrative contract with the 49ers, third-year Delano Howell became the heavy favorite to become the new starter. An undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2012, Howell showed promise, starting 3 games for the Colts’ last season. However, he’s very inexperienced and is a bit of an unknown, having only appeared in 12 games and with just those 3 aforementioned career starts. The Colts signed veteran safety Mike Adams, formerly of the Denver Broncos, and he’s started 73 career games in his 10-year NFL career. At age 33 and playing one of the most physically demanding positions in the sport, it’s unclear how much he still has left in the tank though.
4) Can Khaled Holmes Hold Down the Starting Center Spot: The big free agency period came and went, and the Colts made no moves in signing a center, aside from adding Phil Costa, who abruptly retired. This was a vote of confidence to second-year center, Khaled Holmes, a 4th round pick of the Colts out of USC in the 2013 NFL Draft. While Holmes has 0 career starts and has appeared in just 4 career games, the Colts’ coaching staff appears confidence in handing him over the reins to be their new starting center. If he falters, returning veteran OG Donald Thomas could potentially slide over to center or Rookie 2nd round pick, Jack Mewhort (Ohio State), could win the starting job.
5) Can We Start the Regular Season Yet: Sorry Colts’ fans, just getting a bit impatient.