Colts Week In Review 8/12
As we head into the weekend of the first preseason game for the Indianapolis Colts, quite a bit of the attention comes focused on how the players are looking in training camp. Since the Colts game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday is the opening preseason game of the year for them, you probably won’t be seeing the first team offense and defense for too long. This also will give us a chance to get some questions answered about a few players who are back-ups currently, and are looking to make the jump onto the starting team. So let’s touch on a few things from this past week that drew some interest.
Peyton Manning Not Fully Healed Yet
He’s not there yet, but he’s slowly getting there. It was said that coaches aren’t sure how much Manning will play in the preseason, but we don’t expect to see him until the 3rd of 4th game at the earliest. Manning doesn’t have anything to prove, and their number one concern for him is health.
Anthony Gonzalez Has Added Some Weight
Gonzalez has a ton of upside if he can stay healthy, and he intentionally added some weight this year. He has missed the bulk of the last two years due to injuries, but looks to be at 100% heading into this season. The real question is, where will he fit in with the other Colts wide receivers?
Dallas Clark is Back and Looks Good
Losing Clark last year was one of the biggest hits to the Colts offense, but luckily Jacob Tamme was able to step up and play well for them. This year, Clark and Tamme will both get playing time, and Clark will resume his role as the starter. He’s 100% and looks to be at the top of his game right now.
As you can see, the bulk of the topics come from health. A few other things that have been brought up is the play of rookie offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, and the role that Joseph Addai will play in the offense. Castonzo seems to be continually getting better, and it looks as if he’ll be a starter when week 1 of the 2011 NFL season comes around. Addai struggled with injuries last year too, but it looks like he is back as the number one running back for the Colts this year. Be sure to check out the Colts opening preseason game against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday!