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LB Zaire Franklin, DL Tyquan Lewis Have Really Stood Out at Colts Training Camp

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Two Indianapolis Colts who may have been on the initial 53-man roster bubble to start training camp: linebacker Zaire Franklin and defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis have both had stand out showings and now seem like safe bets to make the active squad.

Regarding Franklin, the former 2018 7th round pick of the Colts had been a serviceable backup linebacker and solid special teamer—but was no lock to make this year’s active roster.

He’s since emerged as a leader in the Colts locker room and appears to be an invaluable depth piece for 2020—as arguably Indy’s top backup linebacker in training camp so far:

For what it’s worth, Franklin led the Colts’ in special teams snaps last season—having played 81.3% of Indy’s total special teams snaps in 2019. However, by showing that he can be a useful backup linebacker when called upon, means that he’s clearly boosting his stock.

Meanwhile, Lewis, as a Colts 2018 second round pick, has been an enigma since entering the league. He initially flashed promise as a rookie—at defensive end, before converting to defensive tackle last season and had a largely forgettable/injury limited 2nd-year season.

However, Lewis has been among the Colts most impressive young players in training camp:

Given his positional versatility, Lewis—along with veteran Denico Autry, is expected to help fill the void of last year’s departed starter Jabaal Sheard along the defensive line. Lewis could prove to be a valuable rotational depth piece this upcoming season in the defensive trenches for the Colts—if he can keep up his torrid training camp play.

Both players have made the most of their opportunities in training camp and have really flashed on the field.

That should bode well for their Colts’ 53-man roster security just ahead of the 2020 season.