At long last, the Indianapolis Colts are stepping back out onto a football field. For Andrew Luck, it has been 584 days since he last took the football field for a game. He will play for much of the first quarter and will look to get back into rhythm for the first time with a live opponent.
There is every expectation that this preseason game will like the many before it, very vanilla. However, a new coaching staff will send out a lot of young players in a new scheme and have an opportunity to get a gauge on where individual players stand when the lights are on.
If you’re looking to get the most out of your viewing experience, we recommend that you revel in Luck’s brief return and that you focus on individual players who are looking for a chance to make a name for themselves over the next four weeks. If you’re unsure who to focus on, consider the following:
Focus on Denico Autry on the defensive line, Kenny Moore in the secondary, and Darius Leonard at linebacker with the first team group. Behind them, focus on rookie defensive end Kemoko Turay, rookie linebacker Zaire Alexander, and second-year corner Quincy Wilson. The biggest defensive battles for the bottom of the roster may include veteran linebacker Antonio Morrison and veteran defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway.
Andrew Luck. Also, focus on running back Marlon Mack, tight end Eric Ebron, wide receiver Chester Rogers, and rookie guard Quenton Nelson. Behind them, see if Jacoby Brissett feels more comfortable in a scheme that more closely reflects what he played under in college and during his time in New England. Take a look at K.J. Brent and rookie wide receiver Deon Cain, rookie offensive weapon Nyheim Hines, Erik Swoope, and rookie lineman Braden Smith.
10:00 PM EDT on Thursday, August 8, 2018
CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
Fox — WXIN-59
WFNI (107.5FM/1070 The Fan) and WLHK (Country 97.1 Hank FM)
Sunny with a high of 89 degrees.