All training camp long, it has been evident that the Indianapolis Colts were not prepared with a legitimate backup plan at left tackle in the absence of Eric Fisher.
The main reason we’ve all noticed that?
For the Colts, the defensive line is damn good. And they’re certainly not letting Marcus Brady and the offensive core ‘Run The Damn Ball‘.
Sam Tevi has been a turnstile with legs. Will Holden hasn’t been much better. And Julien Davenport is finally showing some life at the position.
It just would have been nice, I don’t know, 20 days ago.
But that’s how it rolls in the NFL. You’re rarely going to be 100 percent healthy. Of anybody, the Colts know that well.
But in a time where a date with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks is looming, is the defensive line especially ready for the bright lights?
Spoiler alert. Yes.
Kwity Paye has been ferocious. DeForest Buckner has been monstrous. Grover Stewart intimidating. Then the young pair, Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu, continue improving daily.
Don’t take the D-Line praise from us. Take it from Nyheim Hines, especially on Stewart.
“It’s not fun (going against Stewart) but I guess if you want to put that as part of my job title that’s what it is,” Hines said. “With him, he’s so big you just try to pick a side and get lower than him and just push your legs. Hopefully we can contain him and I don’t have to see him.”
Best of luck to all opposing running backs.
Want to know what is going to be fun? Lamar Jackson vs Grover Stewart in Week 5. Same case goes for when Kwity Paye gets his first shot against a legitimate left tackle.
Paye scooped up his first pre-season sack against the Minnesota Vikings. But even then, nobody has been able to contain the former Michigan Wolverines even a little bit.
When he gets an opportunity against LT Duane Brown against Seattle, that’s appointment television.