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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006
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    ESPN projects the Colts starting offense

    INDIANAPOLIS -- A lot can happen for the Indianapolis Colts between now and Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. Injured players become completely healthy. Healthy players get injured. Projected starters get beat out by a teammate.

    But that hasn't stopped fans from asking about what the Colts' depth chart will look like this season. It's July and players, coaches and front office officials are taking one last vacation before reporting for the start of training camp in Anderson, Indiana, on July 23. So for the next two days I'll take a shot at who I think the starters will be.

    We'll start with the offense today. We'll do the defense on Tuesday.

    Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck

    Comment: This is self-explanatory. Go ahead and keep Luck's name there as long as he's healthy.

    Running back: Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Stanley Havili

    Comment: As I mentioned last week when I did position battles, Richardson will be given the first shot at starting because of his talent and the last thing the Colts want to show is that their trade for him last September was a failure.

    Receiver: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks

    Comments: The pressure isn't on Wayne to be the Reggie Wayne of a few years ago because he has help with Hilton and Nicks at the position, but Wayne is out to prove that he can still produce at the age 35 and after tearing his ACL.

    Tight end: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen

    Comment: Allen is a better all-around tight end than Fleener, but he missed all but one game last season because of a hip injury.

    Offensive line: (LT) Anthony Castonzo, (LG) Jack Mewhort, (C) Khaled Holmes, (RG) Hugh Thornton, (RT) Gosder Cherilus

    Comment: The only position really up in the air at the moment is left guard. Mewhort currently has the edge because Donald Thomas didn't take part in offseason workouts and he moved ahead of Lance Louis during organized team activities (OTAs).

    2 things I don't agree with is Mewhort over Thomas and Fleener over Allen. Thomas should be good to go for training camp, so he should pick up the 1st team reps then. Fleener starting over Allen because Allen played 1 game last year is not a legitimate reason to start Fleener.
    De'Aaron Fox | Buddy Hield | Bogdan Bogdanovic | Skal Labissiere

    “When you put Peyton and Big Ben together, you get Andrew Luck. He has the cerebralness of Peyton and the grit of Ben. ” - Bruce Arians on Andrew Luck

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Fleener is still a possibility to start. Hes much faster and more athletic. I think that Allen could play more of a H-Back role and not necessarily be the primary TE. Thomas should be starting at LG no question and Mewhort should be over at RG or C starting. One or the other.

    Lucks on our side

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    I don't really buy into the starter/backup thing at some positions.

    I know Fleener and Allen will be in a lot together, and Nicks will be outside opposite Reggie and not TY, who will lineup in the slot more often than not and be taken off the field like he was last year...probably will end up 1st or second in targets, catches, yards etc...but probably will play less snaps than Nicks barring health issues....same for the RB position, hot hand will win out and probably won't have a 1k runner but I think TRich will start out our starter.

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