Now while the second preseason game doesn’t mean as much compared to the third game, or the “dress rehearsal” game, there are some things to look for from the Colts when they face the New York Giants on Saturday.
More playing time for starters
The Colts are expected to play their starters on both sides of the football for the entire first quarter this Saturday. In their game against the Jets, the starting offense was only able to manage a field goal in their time on the field. While they did only play one drive where quarterback Andrew Luck was efficient, look for the offense to find a better rhythm against the Giants as they look to continue to get ready for the start of the regular season.
Trent Richardson getting it going
In the time the starters were on the field, running back Trent Richardson did not impress in his preseason debut. Richardson had five carries for only 13 yards and eight of those yards coming on a single rush attempt. The slow start may not be something to worry about for Richardson because yes, it was the first preseason game. However, he did have a disappointing season in 2013 for the Colts and having a full offseason to become more familiar with the offense is something that was beneficial for Richardson. Richardson needs to have a better game against the Giants if he is going to starting back because running back Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t playing to be the backup.
Vontae Davis and LaRon Landry make debut
After not playing in the first preseason game, cornerback Vontae Davis and safety LaRon Landry will make their debut against the Giants this Saturday. Davis and Landry are two huge pieces on that defense in the secondary after the loss of safety Antoine Bethea who signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseason. Both guys have missed time in training camp due to injuries, but to see them in action this weekend is huge for a defense that desperately needs to step up their game this season. Look for both players to play possibly less than the original starters as they get back into game shape.
With the Colts making their home preseason debut against the Giants, let’s hope that it is a better show than they played against the other New York team.