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DaCheeseCakeFactory (Stampede Blue Comment): The only weak link on the offense now is Glowinski. What do you guys think of this: Cut Brissett, save the 8 million and bring in Jason Peters to play guard for that same amount? I realize he is old as dirt lol but he is a proven player, has some tread left on his tires and, for what its worth, could be a much more prudent way to spend that 8 million. Thoughts?
Answer: I understand why you would say Glowinski is the only weak link on the offense at the moment, but his first year in Indianapolis was a very good year, and he did actually play better than many think. He does need to improve, that goes without saying. However, an expensive, aging Jason Peters, who has not played guard at the NFL level, is not really a great replacement. Chris Ballard and the Colts seem very happy to keep Brissett. Even at his price tag, they see him as a high-level backup who can start if and when he’s needed, so I doubt they cut him at the moment.
JJT98 (Stampede Blue Comments): 1) Exactly how often does Andy Reid use the exercise bike in his house? 2) Who are the guys that Ballard wishes lasted to his pick? I’m going with Higgins (round 2), Terrell Lewis (round 3), and Alton Robinson (round 4). 3) What’s more likely: the Colts pursuing Clowney or the draft guide being right about Eason being a first round talent?
Answer: Haha, I love the first question and to be honest looking at Reid, and knowing how much he loves BBQ, I doubt he uses his exercise bike very often. Great question, after watching the Colts’ “With The Next Pick”, it seems the Colts were dead-set on drafting Pittman, so I think even if Higgins was available they still would have picked Pittman. They also seemed dead-set on drafting Jonathan Taylor, too, hence the trade up. In Round 3, maybe someone like Josh Jones or Jonah Jackson. The medicals were not great on Terrell Lewis, so I’m not too sure Ballard would have targeted him that early. In Round 4, maybe a tight end like Harrison Bryant or a tackle like Ben Bartch. The Colts do appear to be giving off the impression they loved who they got and the value they got them for, though. The Colts could very well pursue Clowney, as he would make an already great defensive line even better. Jacob Eason has first-round potential talent, he just needs to clean up on his fundamentals and he could very well be a franchise quarterback. It comes down to whether he’s willing and works hard enough to clean up his weaknesses. His elite arm strength gives him a great foundation to build on.
Lucius K (Stampede Blue Comments): If we still had that 13th pick what would’ve Ballard been prone to do? Taken WR, trade back, other?
Answer: I think if the Colts still would have had the 13th overall pick, they would likely have done one of three things: trade back (which would have probably been option one), draft the best player available (which would have been option two), or draft Javon Kinlaw, as they have preached the importance of the 3-technique defensive tackle all offseason.
ColtsSupaBowlas (Stampede Blue Comments): Do you feel confident in the defensive end rotation with Turay’s availability being a big question mark, Banogu being a unknown and us not having another real speed rusher behind them? Is Clowney a realistic option on a one year deal if Eason and Swag kelly kills it in preseason and they end up trading Jacoby? Do you think we need a 4th developmental athletic tight end with rosters expanding from 53 to 55 and with us probably being in a lot of three TE sets with the power run game as the focal point of the offense?
Answer: The defensive end rotation looks very good at the moment. The projected starters appear to be Justin Houston and Kemoko Turay. Turay looks to be fully recovered and, after his showing last year pre-injury, deserves the starting speed rusher spot. Ben Banogu actually played very well last year, and better than many think, so it appears that spot is good, although it is quite young. Adding another speed rusher would be a good idea, especially if it is a veteran, but the speed rusher market is very limited. Adding a talent like Jadeveon Clowney would be a good idea regardless of what they do at quarterback, and they could afford him without moving Brissett. Adding a 4th athletic tight end was one of my pre-draft ideas, but the team went in a different direction and appear to be happy with Doyle, Allie-Cox and Burton at tight end. Also, the team signing Roosevelt Nix at fullback likely means that the team will release Doyle to play more of the H-back role as well as more “receiving” tight end, so I doubt they add another tight end now.
Big Tyres (Stampede Blue Comments): Who will get the 5th WR spot?
Answer: The current Colts WR depth chart looks something like this at the moment: Hilton, Pascal, Campbell, Pittman who all seem locked into the top 4. After that, the 5th and maybe 6th WR positions are a battle between a few different guys such as Marcus Johnson, Daurice Fountain, Ashton Dulin and Dezmon Patmon. They all bring something different to the group, Johnson the veteran, Fountain showed great potential before a pre-season injury, Dulin is a special teamer, and Patmon is a rookie they just drafted. At the moment, if I had to guess, I’d say the 5th spot would go to either Fountain or Johnson.
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