1. Andrew Luck should thrive in this offense
Granted we only saw a very small sample, if any, of new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s playbook, but what we saw seems to suit Luck quite well. The short throws are getting him in a rhythm and building his confidence. Luck should be exponentially more accurate this season because of Hamilton’s marker to marker offense and the Indianapolis Colts’ offense will soar because of it.
2. Receiver depth is concerning
After the dynamic duo of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne and a potential playmaker in Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Colts don’t have a lot of depth. LaVon Brazill is suspended for the first four games of the season and although Griff Whalen is performing well, he hasn’t seen any time with Luck, or the regular season at all for that matter, and has already sustained two injuries in his short career. After that comes Lanear Sampson? Jabin Sambrano? Jeremy Kelley? I do like Whalen but the depth is worrisome and they may need to find outside help (Da’Rick Rodgers anybody?).
3. Mike McGlynn shouldn’t start
I know McGlynn sat out this week, but his absence was telling. Rookie Hugh Thornton finally got his first action as a professional player and, although he didn’t look great, he did a relatively sufficient job. I say relatively because he wasn’t perfect by any means, he made plenty of mistakes, but not perfect by any means is a better option than a consistently bad blocker in Mike McGlynn. Thornton is also a rookie and will get better with practice and game play, as he was sidelined the first two weeks with an injury, he has very little of either. Honestly, I would even take the less than mediocre Linkenbach over McGlynn, though it may not be much of an upgrade. Regardless of what happens, this offensive line will be a problem for the Colts.
4. The secondary should be fun to watch
I’ve been clamoring about this secondary all off-season and for good reason. All four of the starters were on the field for week 3 of the pre-season and the results were fantastic. Granted it’s pre-season, but they looked active and disruptive and showed plenty of playmaking ability. And the reason I haven’t mentioned them individually by name? Because they decided to walk out of the tunnel at the beginning of the game as a unit and I will honor that by referring to them as one here. These guys haven’t been together long and they’re already calling themselves a ‘family’. There’s nothing I love more than seeing a bunch of guys with this kind of camaraderie and team-first mentality; let’s hope it stays this way.
5. Caesar Rayford deserves a roster spot
This man deserves a section all to himself along with a spot on the Colts’ 53-man roster. Rayford had another 2-sack performance on Saturday, bringing his total to 5 for the pre-season. He has long arms at 6-foot-7 and shows a knack for getting to the quarterback. With Lawrence Sidbury now on IR it seems like there’s a spot for Rayford on the squad as a situational pass rusher and there’s no doubt that he’s earned it.
Everything in the pre-season must be taken with a grain of salt and that’s just part of the reason why I’m sick of it. I am more than ecstatic about the fact that the real games start in less than two weeks. Go Colts!