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Colts Q&A with Jake, Week 1: Rigo vs. Locke, Bond ready?

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Going over your Indianapolis Colts questions.

Posted by Jake Arthur NFL on Sunday, 10 September 2017

We’ve got a short one this week after loading up on the fantasy football side.

Michael Moeller (Facebook)

“Would you have kept Jeff Locke or Rigoberto Sanchez? I thought Locke was the better of the two.”

From the time he was signed, I was not a fan of Jeff Locke being the Colts’ punter (and kickoff specialist). I thought he was just average and that Rigoberto Sanchez offered more upside.

As the preseason advanced, my opinions actually changed a bit, as Locke was impressive and Sanchez didn’t do much until later. With the move now settled and Sanchez as the team’s punter and kickoff specialist, I am seeing that the team’s decision is forward-thinking. Sanchez does have very good ball placement—I just think he needs more practice in order to become consistent.

Rusty Bulliner (Facebook)

“Now that Ryan Kelly is out, do you think our backup center can get the job done?”

After the team surprisingly released Brian Schwenke last weekend, it’s up to undrafted free agent rookie Deyshawn Bond now. I thought that the Colts were going to work hard to get Schwenke ready to start Week 1, honestly. However, it looks like they have seen enough from Bond this summer to believe he can get it done.

Bond has progressed throughout the preseason, starting the first three games. So, that and including practicing with the first-team offense, they’ve given him as much experience as they can. We’ll have to see if the rookie can hold down the fort until Kelly returns. If not, it’ll be Ian Silberman once he’s healthy.