Last Saturday, we got to see the 2016 Indianapolis Colts in action for the first time. We also saw the Colts’ new offensive line including Denzelle Good at RG. However, after fifteen snaps in the game, Good was ruled out with a knee injury. While it’s unclear when Good was injured, it was also uncertain if the injury was serious or not.
However, after evaluating the injuries sustained, Colts’ coach Chuck Pagano made it clear that Good’s injury wasn’t serious. That’s positive to see, especially considering how highly the Colts think of Good. The former seventh round pick has received high praise from teammates and coaches regarding his physical traits. So as Good gets more reps in NFL games, the better for him.
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While Good left with an injury, him and Ryan Kelly both received the most reps of any members of the starting offensive line with fifteen snaps a piece. Good also received playing time in the first four offensive series. With the lack of experience, the more reps in real game situations for Good, the better.
While he started a few games last season, Good doesn’t have a ton of starting NFL experience. The change of positions also brings new challenges.
However, Good is fully accepting of the switch to guard. He actually was expecting to play that position.
“I told them that last year that I was going to play guard,” Good said.
Good played guard at North Carolina State before transferring to Mars Hill.
While his status isn’t clear for Saturday’s game against Baltimore, Good did return to practice today. Some more positive news for Good is that coach Chuck Pagano said that Good will be fine coming back from the injury.
That bit of good news (no pun intended) is a positive and progressive step in Good receiving more starting reps by playing on Saturday.