The Indianapolis Colts are halfway through preseason and are already surprising a lot of people. The team looks much better than most thought and may be able to have a successful season in 2012. The following are five big question marks the team must answer still this preseason.
Who will play cornerback on the roster after Jerraud Powers?
Nobody really knows the answer to this question. If Ryan Grigson has proved anything it's that he will be aggressive when it comes to adding to the roster. There are sure to be quality players cut at the cornerback position and the most talented may end up in Indianapolis. This is one area where having the number one waiver claim position will highly benefit the team. If someone isn't added, Justin King looks to have the starting spot locked up at this point. Another possibility may be the recently acquired Josh Gordy.
Can the offensive line give Luck time to work?
The offensive line has looked inconsistent so far. Luck has had a lot of time to throw at times and been very rushed other times. Players like Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olsen and Winston Justice will need to elevate their play and earn their jobs this year. I have a feeling the line will work out okay and will do a serviceable job for the offensive unit.
This question remains up in the air through the first two preseason games. Neither player has seen much playing time to really get a grasp of how they're doing in the new system. I have to believe that an attacking and blitzing defense will help the two biggest stars, but it will take real game experience before fans get a grasp of how these two fare as outside linebackers.
Will the team improve on special teams under new coaches?
Another question that has been difficult to tell so far in the preseason. Many of the players playing special teams won't be around when the season starts. Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri look good and will give a strong kicking game. TY Hilton and Lavon Brazill should give the team a better return game than fans have seen in a long time.
Will Austin Collie return from his latest concussion?There has been a lot of debate around Collie since he suffered another concussion in the second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a fan, I just hope that Austin is okay and able to fully recover from this. The team is surely better with him on the field and if he's able to return, Indianapolis instantly becomes a better football team.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely.
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