Colts Camp Week In Review

With game 1 of the preseason coming up in a week lets look back at the past week of camp. It has been eventful there’s no doubt with some no names making waves and some old heads still turning them. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly from training camp so far.

The Good

Ben Banogu has had a great camp. Banogu is a 3rd year player and it seems the light may have turned on for him. After working with All-Pro DeForest Buckner this offseason it seems to really be paying off for Ben. Its also really nice for the Colts from an organizational standpoint as Ballard talked about giving these young pass rushers time to develop in his year end presser.

No rookie has had the impact so far in camp as Mike Strachan. The 7th round prospect from DII is having a wonderful camp and makes a great case for a roster spot. I did have Strachan making the roster as WR before camp, as mentioned here, and that holds true now as he is producing day in and out.

There’s not much to say but the drive by Kenny Moore is the reason he is as good as he is. The best slot corner in the NFL has gotten stronger and more explosive per Albert Breer. He has started playing outside corner better as well. His determination to be better and honestly I don’t know many players that make stellar plays and complain they should have done better. Big year incoming from 23.

The Bad

So far this camp there is one consistent thing and it’s not good. Injuries are everywhere and not minor ones. Darius Leonard had an ankle surgery to start it off. Wentz was diagnosed with an injury he has had since High School to miss 5-12 weeks. Quenton Nelson is found to have the same injury as a result of a developmental anomaly and will miss 5-12 weeks. Ryan Kelly suffered an elbow injury and will miss the rest of camp. DeForest Buckner left a practice with a foot injury as a precaution. Julian Blackmon, who was rated the 8th best safety entering the 2021 year by USA today, has been battling injuries and left practice Friday with his knee wrapped up. This team can be incredibly special but these injuries to prime players really hurt.

The Ugly

The worst part of camp so far is not Jacob Eason but it does affect him. It’s the offensive line hands down and specifically the LT position. With all the injuries to the offensive line it may come as no surprise they’ve struggled but the left tackle spot was a need all offseason and the front office did hardly anything to fix it. They signed an injured Eric Fischer, who is recovering from a torn ACL. Meanwhile they signed Sam Tevi to start as the solution and how is that working so far?

Great rep by Turay there to get pressure but front to back just an awful job by the Colts week 1 starter. All playoff hopes rest on the ACL of Eric Fisher. Hard to expect Eason to perform great while he’s waiting for the hit to come. Expect Eason to take a lot of snaps vs the Panthers to really establish a rhythm with the offense.

Get To Know Colts New QB Brett Hundley

This week, with the injury to QB Carson Wentz, the Colts signed former Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley. Get to know Brett’s work and what you can expect from the new QB. Brett wore 7 previously yet will sport the number 3 for Indianapolis as he looks to make a new start.

Hundley fell to the Packers in the 5th after being projected as high as a 2nd rounder. Brett left UCLA as the schools all time leader in Touchdowns and total offense. Hundley won the backup job by beating out Scott Tolzien, sound familiar Colts fans? He wowed coaches with off the field maturity and his athletic ability. When Rodgers broke his collarbone, thanks to Anthony Barr, which allowed Brett to take the wheel. In the next 9 games Hundley went 3-6 with 9 passing TDs and 13 Interceptions. That wasn’t enough for the Pack as they went out and traded Hundley to Seattle for a 6th.

The next stop in Seattle was as memorable for Brett as every other backup for Russell Wilson is. Russ has that ability to just avoid injury that makes it almost magic which makes his backups unnecessary. After Seattle Hundley signed a 1 year deal in Arizona to back up #1 overall pick Kyler Murray. He saw limited action and did well because he earned himself another 1 year deal for the 2020 season.

Now with the injury to Wentz the journeyman makes his way to Indy where he may see substantial playing time depending on the severity of that injury. In the Era of the mobile QB Brett Hundley is an asset and an intriguing prospect. His ability to extend plays or create plays for himself is what allowed him to create those records at UCLA. His decision making needs work but with Coach Reich’s ability to simplify the Offense and the strong running ability of the team that should alleviate some of those concerns.