3 Colts players to watch in first preseason game against Bills

When the Indianapolis Colts take on the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, several players will be being closely evaluated as they search for a role on Indy’s roster.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darrell Baker Jr. (39) rushes up the field Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023,
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darrell Baker Jr. (39) rushes up the field Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, / Grace Hollars/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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On Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts will finally take on another team, facing off against the Buffalo Bills to start their preseason. While this is an unofficial game, it’s an important one for the Indianapolis Colts. Indy has a first-year head coach and several rookies that will be expected to contribute early. The three preseason games will be critical in getting the team prepared for the regular season.

While the preseason can be beneficial for everyone, giving all players a chance to get up to speed, it will be an especially big moment for some of the younger players on the roster. As stated earlier, the Colts will be relying on some young players at important positions this season. Saturday’s game will be the first opportunity to see those players in action against another team.

As fans evaluate the entire team, here are three players to really pay attention to throughout the game in Buffalo.

3. LT Bernhard Raimann is a player to watch for Colts

Bernhard Raimann already has a season under his belt, but he hasn’t really established himself yet. After a slow start to his rookie season, he started trending in the right direction towards the end of last year, providing hope that he could be the answer at left tackle. However, he hasn’t locked up the position yet.

With Indy’s offensive line hoping to bounce back, Raimann must play well at the left tackle position if the offensive line is going to be a solid unit, especially with a young quarterback under center. Raimann must be able to protect Richardson’s blind side, and also be a quality run blocker.

Even though it’s only his second season, people are already trying to replace Raimann, projecting the top left tackles in the 2024 NFL Draft to the Colts. Raimann must prove this season that Indy is set at left tackle, and that starts on Saturday.