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Bulked Up Jack Mewhort Could Add Power to Colts Blocking

Aug 5, 2015; Anderson, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Jack Mewhort (75) blocks during training camp at Anderson University. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2015; Anderson, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive tackle Jack Mewhort (75) blocks during training camp at Anderson University. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /
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According to the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Colts starting left guard Jack Mewhort has added 10 pounds of muscle upon his arrival at training camp Tuesday in anticipation of this upcoming season:

Originally a 2014 2nd round pick of the Colts, Mewhort has quietly developed into one of the better starting offensive guards in football.

Not to mention, he’s been very durable too, having only missed 2 starts over the past two seasons for the Colts along the starting offensive line.

Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts guard Jack Mewhort (75) tries to block Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Colts 27 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts guard Jack Mewhort (75) tries to block Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Colts 27 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

Of course, the Colts overhauled their coaching staff earlier this offseason and one of the additions was head strength and conditioning coach Darren Krein, who previously spent the past 5 seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2011-15) and has over 16 years of NFL coaching experience.

It looks like the early results are paying dividends, as Mewhort could add some much needed power in the trenches to the Colts blocking game with the additional strength.

The 24 year old Mewhort could be due for a breakout season, making the jump into becoming one of the NFL’s truly elite starting offensive guards.

Per Pro Football Focus (subscription), Mewhort was the NFL’s 9th best offensive guard overall with a +85.6 grade overall including an +86.6 grade in run blocking this past season.

With the added strength, assuming he doesn’t lose any quickness or flexibility, it’s possible that such a grade could be even higher after this season.