Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Joe Haeg‘s versatily has already stood out for the Colts in training camp.
Drafted by the Colts in the 5th round of this year’s NFL Draft, the 6’6″, 304 pound rookie offensive lineman out of North Dakota State has already been demonstrating his tremendous versatility:
"“I think you look at Joe (Haeg),” said offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski Wednesday. “He’s moved around quite a bit with, we’ve been playing and working through some injuries up front, so it’s given a lot of guys some opportunities that may not have had those opportunities. And Joe’s one of those guys, who’s been able to fill-in at multiple spots, which is unusual for a rookie–mentally to be able to handle all of that.”"
While Haeg played primarily offensive tackle with the Bisons–most recently protecting 2nd overall pick Carson Wentz blindside this past season, he’s made a smooth transition to offensive guard at the professional level so far.
"“He’s done a fine job, and it’s a matter of getting him settled back and we get some other guys going and really again, settle on the best five,” added Chudzinski."
With Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz, Denzelle Good, and 3rd round pick Le’Raven Clark in the fold at offensive tackle, there appears to be a greater need at guard right now for Haeg, where he’s clearly making his mark.
The rookie is unlikely to begin the season as a starter, but could be valuable interior depth for the Colts as the season progresses should injuries or ineffectiveness arise–primarily out of the starting right guard spot which is the unit’s biggest question mark.
Either way, it’s a positive sign that one of the team’s mid-round picks is already leaving a lasting impression, as the Colts could get immediate contributions from Haeg early on this season.