Re-evaluating the Colts’ team needs after the first preseason game
Re-evaluating the Colts’ team needs after the first preseason gamein Diskussionen Allgemein über die Kryptowelt 05.11.2018 02:36
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The regular season is looming with the Colts’ home opener less than a month away. As we inch closer to meaningful football [url=http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/jabaal-sheard-jersey-authentic]Womens Jabaal Sheard Jersey[/url] , it makes sense to have a look at what the primary team needs are and evaluate whether they have changed throughout camp. Major NeedsCornerbackPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesThe cornerback position is one that looks like it could really present a problem for the Colts this season. If the season started today, I believe the starters would be Quincy Wilson and Kenny Moore II on the outside and Nate Hairston in the nickel. Of those three, I think Hairston has been the most proven, and all three of them are in just their second NFL season. On the one hand, starting three guys who are in their second year is encouraging. They have a huge amount of ceiling above them to grow, and could make major leaps forward. On the other, they’re unproven and could struggle mightily. As far as depth, they have Pierre Desir, who is a journeyman backup, and probably best suited for that role. Behind him? Just a bunch of guys. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but D.J. White and Chris Milton aren’t making any quarterbacks lose sleep. In short, the starters are unproven and could be dreadful. They need to be playmakers who can take the ball away, and haven’t shown that tendency thus far in the offseason. Even worse, if those guys go down, the Colts are in really big trouble. LinebackerJoe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsIt is altogether possible, and indeed likely, that come week one of the regular season two of the three starting linebackers could be rookies.That is more than a little terrifying. The linebacker position needed to be addressed, and Ballard has done that this offseason to some degree. However, starting two rookies there will come with the understood setbacks. They will struggle at times.Darius Leonard has flown all over the field and made plays so far this offseason as the WILL linebacker. If he is developed well, there is every reason to believe he can be an impact player like Chris Ballard envisioned when he drafted him. It would be foolish though, not to expect some rookie blunders from him.In the absence of second year player Anthony Walker Jr. due to injury, Skai Moore has been the guy getting a lot of work at the MIKE linebacker spot. Moore has looked really impressive considering he was undrafted, but had some understandable struggles in the first preseason game. The Colts will need him to grow up fast as well if they don’t want to be absolutely abused across the middle.The most experienced player in the linebacker group is Najee Goode. Goode played last season as a starter for the Eagles due to injury, but has been largely a rotational guy and backup throughout his career. Still [url=http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/anthony-walker-jersey-authentic]Youth Anthony Walker Jersey[/url] , he provides more reliability and experience than anyone else in the defensive backfield, so there is certainly value having him as a part of the defense. But at 29, he likely doesn’t have some hidden abilities that have yet to be discovered. What you see is what you get, most likely. And what you see is a guy who was a backup for a Super Bowl team. Beyond these three is Anthony Walker, who may or may not take over the starting spot when he returns from a groin injury. Walker offers a ton of unrealized potential that has been constantly sidelined with injuries. If he can stay healthy, he could offer a boost to the group. Antonio Morrison seems unlikely to make the team, but has starting experience. He simply doesn’t have the speed or playmaking ability the Colts will want going forward and they may opt to ditch the experience and let their young players develop. In a scheme that relies heavily on the linebackers to make plays because the front four are smaller and working to get penetration into the backfield and get after the quarterback, this is a group that is more than a little concerning. Hopefully we will get to see these rookies break out and if they do, it could change our perspective on the defense very quickly.Offensive TacklePhoto by Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThe Colts have exactly one suitable offensive tackle. Anthony Castonzo is the only player on the team who really locks down the position. When he is hurt, which he rarely has been, things fall apart quickly. Denzelle Good has potential, but struggles to stay healthy. Joe Haeg is a great option as a backup, but he isn’t the guy you want as your starter at the position. Austin Howard was brought in to help temporarily deal with the issue at right tackle and if camp and the first preseason game are any indication, he hasn’t impressed the coaching staff all that much. It is telling when the team is giving first team reps at tackle to their rookie 2nd round pick at guard. While Braden Smith may do admirably there, and if he can develop into a solid tackle, could be invaluable on the offensive line going forward, it points to the lack of talent at the position. To be totally fair to the team, there is a dearth of talent across the league along the offensive line as a whole. It isn’t really as though there were great tackles available that Ballard somehow missed. The mediocre linemen that were on the market got paid like they were already wearing their gold jackets. Regardless, the truth remains that the Colts are one significant injury at tackle away from having a very bad situation, and short of hoping Braden Smith can develop into a good tackle, and crossing their fingers and wishing the injury bug away, they don’t have a lot they can do about it. Lesser NeedsWide ReceiverThe Colts don’t have the best group of wide receivers in the league. However, T.Y. Hilton is a top ten receiver, and Chester Rogers and Ryan Grant both have the necessary talent to make plays when needed. Deon Cain gave a lot of hope for what this group could look like if he continued to make plays in the regular season as he had in training camp [url=http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/nate-hairston-jersey-authentic]Womens Nate Hairston Jersey[/url] , and that injury was a big blow. However, Andrew Luck is talented enough as a passer that he can lift these players to be solid and move the ball successfully. With a solid tight end group to supplement the passing game, the receivers should be fine, but I expect this will be an area that gets addressed in the 2019 offseason.SafetyWhile the starting safeties, Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers, could present one of the more formidable pairs in the league when healthy, they haven’t ever been healthy and on the field together. Matthias Farley has stepped up and been a valuable rotational player and made a case that he could even be in contention to start. However, the Colts still need a solid player at that 4th spot, and I might even make the argument that Geathers would be a better backup than a starter, and that if the Colts have the opportunity in the offseason to get upgrade at strong safety, they should do so. The outlook is a little bit bleak on some of the position groups. However, almost all of that is because of the groups being so young. If they are well developed and grow into their roles, we could be looking at the beginnings of a very formidable defense in the coming years. Until that time, it is fortunate that we have one of the best quarterbacks in the game.Stanley Jean-Baptiste was Ravens’ goon as joint practice with Colts sparked multiple fights The Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens conducted their second joint practice Saturday in Westfield in preparation for their preseason matchup Monday night. Naturally, we expected some shoving matches, or possibly even some punches to be thrown per the norm when it comes to these training camp exercises.Every single year it happens. It’s not really that big of a deal. One guy doesn’t like getting beat in a 1-on-1 rep, or another doesn’t appreciate what he deems to be a cheapshot in one form or another, and then the fists start flying. Again, we knew this was eventually going to become a thing. On the other hand, I wonder how typical it is for one player to be one team’s goon when things do get heated. Saturday during special team’s and even some head-to-head drills, Stanley Jean-Baptiste appeared to be THAT GUY for the Ravens.Little dust-ups had been occurring over the past two days of practices between the two squads, but nothing serious. Sometimes these situations fester after someone can’t handle their feelings getting hurt in front of their teammates. Jean-Baptiste, though, seemingly had no other purpose for being on the field Saturday than to initiate these altercations [url=http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/quincy-wilson-jersey-authentic]http://www.thecoltsfootballauthentic.com/quincy-wilson-jersey-authentic[/url] , or to act as the camp body tasked with being the enforcer for those who actually can stick to a roster in the NFL.I’ve helped you out a bit in case you didn’t recognize SJ-B right away. As you can see, the punt is away and then the fight begins. From all accounts, I believe this is between Antonio Morrison and Albert McClellan with the latter losing his helmet, mounting (maybe it is MMA Mr. Frank Reich..) and throwing a pretty powerful punch that appears to hit its mark.While it clearly appears to be McClellan, I can’t confirm the Colts’ player getting punched as his number was never visible on the video. Anyhow...Once McClellan throws the punch, several players from both teams react by filtering towards the two, and for the most part attempt to pull the two apart. Multiple little side skurmishes are created in the process, but that’s pretty much par for the coarse anytime that scenario comes about.But, not for Jean-Baptiste.You can clearly see that SJ-B had only one reason to move towards the brawl — to throw as many punches as he could towards anyone with a Colts’ jersey. He had no intentions of breaking it up, just to fall in line with the goon mentality. Typically, the term is used in hockey, and there was actually a pretty average movie made about these type players. At any rate, this sort of falls in line with SJ-B’s career path. Here’s a visual via pro football reference highlighting his career stats.Stanley Jean-Baptiste career stats via pro football referencePretty impressive, I know.But, it didn’t even stop there for him. I mentioned that his sole purpose appeared to be to initiate fights today, right?A bit later in the practice SJ-B and rookie Daurice Fountain got into it as well. Why does this seem to be a pattern for SJ-B? Apparently he didn’t throw enough punches in the melee a little earlier, so, he turned a simple shoving match — which is as common in practice between teammates as it is in an actual game or anything else — into another 180-man scrum. Maybe this is the real problem with these joint practices. Jean-Baptiste is just athletic enough to get into camp with teams, but not actually good enough to contribute during the season. Thus, he’s got nothing to lose.This is similar to why some teams attempt to control as much about these joint practices as possible. They don’t want their starters to go up against the 90th man on the other team’s roster in head-to-head drills in order to avoid injury, and senseless fights that get way too out of hand.The occasional fight in these practices isn’t the problem, it’s the scrubs on the rosters that have nothing better to do than to throw more gasoline on the fire.
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