The Colts have plenty of players who need to prove themselves next season, but who on offense needs to do it the most?
The Colts have a lot of new faces in their organization. Some of them are in the locker room too. But there are plenty of old faces who need to prove themselves, and plenty of them play offense. But who needs to prove themselves the most?
Plenty of people would say Andrew Luck just from a health standpoint. He needs to prove that he can stay on the field and contribute without getting hurt. But he has proven his skills are invaluable to the team when he is out there.
The player who needs to prove themselves the most on the offense is Jack Mewhort. Mewhort was drafted to help protect Luck, and hasn’t done a great job of that. He also has had issues of his own staying healthy, only playing in 15 games in the past two seasons.
Mewhort is a former second round pick. He needs to live up to that billing, or the Colts will cut him. He signed a one year deal in the off-season to prove his worth to Indianapolis. The Colts also drafted two offensive lineman in the draft as potential replacements.
Indianapolis would be better off if Mewhort stays healthy and plays well in 2018. That way they can groom Braden Smith and let him learn the NFL game at his own pace. Mewhort is also a big guy who has shown flashes of promise, so he can be a good offensive lineman. For him it is just about being healthy and showing consistency.
If Mewhort can show consistency, he could be a valuable piece of the offense moving forward. But if he doesn’t in 2018, it will be his last year in Indianapolis.