WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS HEADING INTO THE WEEK FOR THE COLTS’ MATCHUP AGAINST THE LIONS?
Injuries – There has been a great deal of discussion and concern about Andrew Luck’s health. Will he be ready week one or not? How long could he be out? Can Tolzien step up and play at a level that keeps the Colts in contention while Luck is out? When Luck is ready to step back in will he be ready? Will the team be ready? So many questions that are yet to be answered and I don’t think any of us will know until week one of the regular season in Los Angeles. Donte Moncrief returned to practice after four days out with a shoulder injury. Time will tell just how ready he is to play in Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Player Performance – During the off season, the Colts filled several key positions either through the signing of free agents or the draft. The preseason games are about showcasing that talent and the talent proving they were worth the effort. By the first game of the regular season we’ll have seen players come and players go. The team finalized. It all comes down to who shows up and who proves they are ready to play in Indy. As defensive safeties T.J. Green and Malik Hooker continue to improve it should make things more exciting to watch over the coming weeks.
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Team Chemistry – Camaraderie is one of the reasons Adam Vinatieri is still active and thriving in the NFL. He is about to start his 22nd season and he says it’s all about the team chemistry that keeps him coming back season after season. In any season where rebuilding has been the focus during the off season – one might wonder – can this team be cohesive this early? Can they be effective as a team? Vinatieri provides that senior leadership that the new young players can look up to. Chemistry is vital to long-term success and viability in the NFL. Time can only tell.
Expectations – Is Malik Hooker ready to play in the NFL? There is a lot of attention going his direction with expectations that he will bring a high level of energy to the defense.
Miscues – I think this remains to be seen. Miscues could be a fault that trickles from the top down. Will the changes made at the GM level make a difference? One that the fans have been asking for, well, for as long as I can remember. The miscue I’m hoping not to see is the one where the vision of the GM is not what shows up on the field on Sunday against the Lions.
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