Yay, football is back! Well, sort of.
It was the first week of preseason play, yawn, and this is the time of year the young guys and journeymen compete to make a spot on the 53-man roster. Let’s look at who showed up and who didn’t.
Henoc Muamba impressed me very, very much. He proved that he’s one hell of an athlete, and that he can get down and dirty as well. He was all over the field, and on a goal-line stand, he stone walled the running back right at the one yard line. Muamba will be great depth behind D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman and a nice future prospect as well.
Speaking of Jackson, in the limited time he got with the starters, he played really well. I have heard a lot about how he’s not the greatest run defender, but he seemed to prove the doubters wrong on Thursday. The question will be whether or not he can carry that into the regular season.
Someone that sorely disappointed me was Daniel Adongo. Of course, I shouldn’t have had the highest of expectations for him, but all he did was get in on special teams and hurt his bicep. This was followed by him getting waived by the Indianapolis Colts; bummer.
But there were other outside linebackers that showed some promise, which is especially important in light of the Robert Mathis suspension. Bjoern Werner looked so much more confident in his play on the field than he ever did in 2013.
Combine that with the fact that Jonathan Newsome showed some splendid pass rushing ability, though his run defending was pretty bad, and it looks to be a promising duo for the first four weeks of the season.
To end, the first team offense looked fantastic. It’s only the preseason but Pep Hamilton coming out in a no-huddle offense was great to see, and I hope it continues into the regular season.
Things look promising, but preseason and regular season are two entirely different stories, we can only hope that this success continues into the season. Go Colts!