The Indianapolis Colts took a loss in their second preseason game of the 2018 season to the Baltimore Ravens. Nobody is excited about what they saw from Andrew Luck, but that doesn’t mean that anyone’s concerned by it either. On the other hand, there were other individual performances that did catch our attention and should lead to some intrigue when looking ahead to the 2018 regular season.
While the Colts have an extremely young roster right now, the focus is naturally going to be on those rookies and second-year players who could have an impact on the season this year. Darius Leonard, Skai Moore, Matthew Adams and Zaire Franklin all forced us to take notice for positive reasons. A few young receivers made some impressive catches Monday night and could very well find themselves in the thick of the roster race as injuries and poor play from others have become pretty common lately.
Chris Shepherd joins me today to discuss al of this as well as a host of other topics.
We talk about the impact the return of Malik Hooker could have on the defense in front of him as well as how his chemistry with Clayton Geathers can greatly improve the confidence of the defense as a whole.The question has come up of whether or not the Colts are showcasing John Simon being that he played so deeply into the fourth quarter. Chris and I both have some thoughts on this as well.
Can Nyheim Hines be counted on to handle the ball in any capacity? How does Frank Reich go about at least taking away his return duties? Who should replace him? We haven’t seen anyone else field a kickoff or punt, so that may be something we can count on this coming Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.
We also dig in to the Colts offensive line with Denzelle Good making his return, and examine how Le’Raven Clark and Braden Smith performed with the starting unit.
Chris and I go through as much as we can in an hour and despite some of the shaky play, there are plenty of things to be positive about just the same.
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