The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field on Tuesday after a long holiday weekend, and one of the players making a return from injury was offensive lineman Denzelle Good.
The media gets a chance to watch practice once a week, and so far in OTAs Good has simply been a bystander watching the action as he rehabs. Today, he was back. And while we can't read too much into starting lineups during OTAs (as things are very fluid and the Colts are simply trying things out), it is at least worth noting where Good was playing.
According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, Good was working at right guard during Tuesday's practice "and appears to have made a position change (at least for now)." Holder then talked with Good about playing guard.
“I’m not taking anything away from anyone else, but I do feel like I’m one of the more athletic guys for my size,” Good said. “I played tackle last year, and it was a good experience being on the edge. Everything there was about showing patience. Now, everything is like right in your face. And I always felt I was a better run blocker than pass blocker. So, I feel like being in there is suiting me well. Everything is much more compact.”
It's unclear whether this change is one that will be permanent or whether the Colts are simply trying it out, but either way it's very interesting. We heard the Colts' brass this offseason talk about how they think Good has potential as either a tackle or a guard, and everyone just assumed that tackle would be the most likely spot for him to start. It could be, however, that the Colts want to try him at guard to see if he can win that spot.
If so, that would mean that the Colts feel comfortable with Joe Reitz at right tackle - something Chuck Pagano acknowledged earlier in OTAs. That would leave Denzelle Good to compete inside at right guard with Hugh Thornton (the expected starter and last-year's starter) and Jonotthan Harrison (who is making the move from center to guard), among others.
Here's what we know so far: the right side of the line is one that will feature quite a bit of competition for the Colts this offseason, training camp, and preseason. The team will almost certainly try out a number of different combinations to see what works best, and it's very unclear what that will end up being. But for now, it's worth noting where players are working during OTAs, and it sounds like Denzelle Good is working at guard for the time being. Whether that's something that will stick or not remains to be seen, but it's something the Colts have mentioned for a while could happen.