General manager Chris Ballard’s team-building philosophy has become very obvious during his first two years in Indianapolis: he wants to focus on acquiring talent in the trenches. He’s done a good job in building a solid defensive line so far, but the offensive line was still a major issue last season.
Ballard spent a ton of resources on the offensive line in an attempt to improve that group this offseason. He selected two guards in the first two rounds of the draft, signed Matt Slauson and Austin Howard in free agency, and re-signed Jack Mewhort. Those offseason additions have made the offensive line depth chart very crowded, and many of last year’s linemen may not have a job including Denzelle Good.
Good started 14 games in his first two NFL seasons after being selected in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, but he struggled with injuries last year and only started five games. He’s played both guard and tackle during his young career, but with all of the Colts’ additions at guard, Good will probably only be asked to play tackle in 2018.
Anthony Castonzo and Austin Howard will likely be the starters at the tackle position next season, but the backup spots are up for grabs. I would guess that Joe Haeg would be the next man up if Castonzo or Howard gets hurt and Denzelle Good will sit behind Haeg on the depth chart.
Good is entering the final year of his rookie contract this season, and he needs to have a strong year to earn an extension. If the Colts’ offensive line stays relatively healthy, I don’t think Good will get an opportunity to show that he deserves a new deal in Indianapolis.