Indianapolis Colts: Three most intriguing positional battles

andrew-luck-nfl-tennessee-titans-indianapolis-coltsThe Indianapolis Colts are going into training camp in order to cut down a 90-man roster to 53.

There will be a variety of position battles going on throughout camp, but three will be the must watch particularly on offense.

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The running back position is one that could be up for grabs. Running backs Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Vick Ballard are all in the running to win the nod at tailback. All three players bring a tough style of running to their arsenal when it comes to being an effective ball carrier.

With Bradshaw and Ballard both coming back from season ending injuries and tailback Donald Brown now with the San Diego Chargers, Richardson could be the front-runner going into camp being the most seasoned back.\

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Fifth wide receiver spot

Reggie_WayneThe top three wide receivers heading into training camp are Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, and Hakeem Nicks. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief who was selected in the third round in this year’s NFL Draft will most likely make the team as he has impressed coaches and players in the early stages of offseason workouts.

That leaves one final spot to be picked up by either wide receiver Griff Whalen and Da’Rick Rogers. Wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for the 2014 NFL season due to another violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

With Brazill out of contention, Rogers and Whalen will battle it out to see who gets the fifth and final spot at receiver. The edge looks to go to Rogers who has more size and speed than Whalen and showed great promise towards the end of 2013.

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Now make no mistake about it, the whole offensive line for the Colts already a huge question going into camp after allowing 32 sacks in 2013. With guys like tackle Anthony Costanzo and guard Hugh Thornton safe at their position, the one position that is probably up for grabs is at center.

Center Khaled Holmes has the most experience going into training camp as he is entering his second year of his career after former Dallas Cowboy center Phil Costa retired shortly after signing a contract with the Colts. This makes the position even more wide open.

Holmes appeared in only three games last year for the Colts while Samson Satele was the starter at center for the season.

Rookie center Jonotthan Harrison will also be in competition as well for the job at center. Harrison is an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida who has a lot to play for and is entering training camp with a chip on his shoulder. Look for the Colts to even put second-round draft choice Jack Mewhort at center as he does have experience playing center in college at Ohio State.

While there are other battles that will happen throughout the course of training camp make no mistake about it, these are the three that will be the most interesting to watch.

  • Cobb78

    The Colts will most likely keep 6 WRs this season, meaning Whalen and Rogers both make the team. If one of them goes, it’ll be Rogers.

    • Ryan

      Why would Rogers go over Whalen? Rogers is bigger, faster, and has better hands than Whalen

  • bob

    the guys that are safe are costanzo and cherilus, not thorton he was terrible last year.holmes will be the center. the competition is at guard with mewhort, thorton, and louis. bank on it