Indianapolis Colts: 3 preseason worries no one is talking about
By Jerry Trotta
1. Sam Tevi’s Struggles
The Colts did well to sign Eric Fisher as late as they did in the offseason, but he won’t be ready until maybe a month into the season as he continues his Achilles rehab.
That creates a temporary predicament for the Colts, who have Sam Tevi and Julièn Davenport, both of whom were signed as free agents, and Will Holden, who was signed to the active roster off the Ravens’ practice squad last season, as their stopgap options.
Sam Tevi has looked way off the pace at Colts training camp.
With Davenport starting training camp on the COVID list, Tevi was given a prime opportunity to win the temporary starting gig. Unfortunately for the former sixth-rounder, however, he’s squandered his chance with an abysmal showing at camp thus far.
Not only has rookie Kwity Paye (while recreating his pass-rushing technique, by the way) dominated Tevi in the early going, but Tevi was on the wrong end of one of the highlights of camp, as Kemoko Turay tossed him aside like a practice dummy late last week.
The Colts were smart to load up on backup left tackles, because Tevi’s performance at camp suggests he isn’t cut out to hold down the fort until Fisher returns.
Truth be told, we’re concerned about the entire offensive line, which is currently down Fisher, center Ryan Kelly and Nelson, but Tevi’s struggles have stuck out like a sore thumb.