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Week Two Preview: Four thoughts on the Colts defense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 3, 2013 – 10:38 pm

With Week One in the books in Anderson, here are four defensive items to look towards in Week Two.

The Colts will practice the next three days before an off day on Wednesday. Things will pick back up Thursday and Friday, with the preseason opener coming on Aug. 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

Josh Chapman’s development-The “900 pound safe” has been very impressive working with the second unit in Week One.

The nose tackle position will undoubtedly need more than one body in 2013 so expect Chapman to play big minutes along with starter Aubrayo Franklin.

It can’t be stated enough how much Chapman truly embraces the role of a 3-4 nose tackle and his presence will go a long way to stopping the run this year.

Bjoern Werner’s role-Werner’s high motor was evident last week and you can see why the Colts valued the German native during April’s NFL Draft.

If he was at any other position, Werner probably would be starting but with Robert Mathis and Erik Walden ahead of him, it looks like the rookie’s role will be primarily on special teams and passing downs this year.

Fans should get frequent looks at Werner coming off the edge this season with the outside linebacker depth allowing the Colts to bring the first round pick along at his own pace.

Can the secondary continue its hot start?-The ball-hawking nature of the Colts secondary has been prevalent in 2013.

The takeaways number of 15 last year is a point of emphasis this season and if Week One is any indication than the Colts defensive backs will be getting their hands on numerous balls.

Vontae Davis and Darius Butler have been particular strong with Greg Toler hoping to rejoin the secondary this week after suffering a concussion on Wednesday.

Return of Antoine Bethea-The Colts Pro Bowl safety has not been in Anderson since Tuesday as he was back home for the birth of his daughter.

Coach Pagano said he expects Bethea back very soon and fans are eager to see No. 41 pair with LaRon Landry at the backend of the defense.

Bethea has been in the Colts starting lineup every game since the 2007 season and getting him back on the practice field will be a welcoming sight for defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.


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Week Two Preview: Four thoughts on the Colts offense

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:34 pm

With Week One in the books in Anderson, here are four offensive items to look towards in Week Two.

The Colts will practice the next three days before an off day on Wednesday. Things will pick back up Thursday and Friday, with the preseason opener coming on Aug. 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

Pads rev up the hitting-Chuck Pagano was very pleased with what he saw out of his team once the pads were put on last Tuesday.

The only full-live tackling the Colts do during training camp comes in goal line drills.

Staying healthy has to be atop the most important goals list moving forward, especially when you look around the NFL and see some significant injuries.

Andrew Luck’s growth-As the first week moved along, Luck turned in some impressive stretches with his best day coming on Friday morning.

Pep Hamilton alluded to the offense not being fully installed yet so we should continue to see that over the next few weeks.

While Reggie Wayne and Darrius Heyward-Bey remain the most frequent targets of Luck, the second-year quarterback has done a wonderful job spreading the pigskin around to the other receivers, tight ends, running backs and even a fullback.

Depth on Offensive Line-The Colts starting five that came out of minicamp remains intact after Week One.

However, after those five you have Hugh Thornton who has been nursing an ankle injury and missed the entire first week. Fellow rookie Khaled Holmes also hurt his ankle last week and has been in a boot ever since.

Guard Joe Reitz got a “stinger” on Friday and Pagano said he expects him to miss a few days.

None of the injuries appear to be serious and getting a look at Thornton will be a focus the rest of camp.

DHB’s consistency-Similar to Luck, DHB had his best days of camp late last week.

Wayne marvels at the skill set that DHB brings to the receiver position and has high hopes for the new Colts receiver in 2013.

Stacking together consistent practices is key this week for DHB as we are just over a month away from the regular season opener against his former team.


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