To say that the Indianapolis Colts have been focusing on the defensive line as of late would be an understatement. Between the defensive end and defensive tackle positions, the Colts’ front appears to be about as talented and young as it’s been as of recent.
But, there’s at least some interesting behavior going on right now with the team. For example, second year DT/DE Tyquan Lewis was a healthy scratch in Week 1, and when asked about why that was, defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus reportedly replied that ‘that’s a question for Frank Reich.’
When asked about why Tyquan Lewis was inactive, DC-Matt Eberflus said that’s a question for Frank Reich.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) September 10, 2019
Since, the team has stated that it was due to Lewis’ lack of practice time since his knee injury in August, but I think most are at least skeptical with that response right now. Maybe, more than likely that’s exactly why, but I don’t recall any indications of that through the preseason.
Additionally, we have a tweet that has since been deleted by Colts’ defensive tackle Jihad Ward. I mean, do I really need to tell you that this appears to be a bit telling? In looking at his twitter profile since, he no longer dons any Colts gear in his photo, and there are no references to the team in his bio either.
The Colts appeared to really like Ward, so this somewhat comes as a surprise if they’re indeed looking to come off of him. He played well last season until his injury, and he was pretty solid through camp, preseason and in Week 1.
This seems a bit ominous to say the least. The team has reportedly been bringing in multiple front-line defenders in for tryouts as well. In fact just recently, the team brought in former Green Bay Packers’ defensive lineman Datone Jones for a workout in addition to a few others that have been reported.
Colts tryout reported today: DL Datone Jones.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 11, 2019
Colts tryouts reported today: RBs Bruce Anderson, Darrin Hall; S Chris Banjo; DTs Earl Mitchell, Mike Pennel.— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) September 10, 2019
Granted, these tryouts happen all the time, especially with Chris Ballard and his history of constantly churning the roster to being its best. So, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But, the two situations may be connected in some way, shape, or form. Maybe we’ll find more out about this in the coming hours or days, but for now it seems prudent to expect something to come to light.