3 important storylines for the Colts in their preseason game against the Bears

After two competitive joint practices, the Indianapolis Colts will face off against the Chicago Bears in a Saturday night preseason game.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Juwann Winfree (8) makes a catch against Chicago Bears defensive
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Juwann Winfree (8) makes a catch against Chicago Bears defensive / Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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It’s almost time for the Indianapolis Colts to play their second preseason game. This time, Indy will be playing a team that it has spent the past two days getting familiar with: the Chicago Bears. After hosting the Bears for two joint practices, the Colts will play Chicago on Saturday night.

Typically, when teams have joint practices, they usually sit the staters or give them very limited reps in the actual game. The reason being is that coaches already had the opportunity to see a ton of best-on-best work in the joint practices. It’s unclear if the Colts and the Bears will follow this model, but there should still be plenty to watch for in this preseason game, regardless.

Here are three storylines to follow for Indy’s second preseason game of 2023.

3. Still monitoring the Colts young defensive backs

This has been a consistent theme throughout the offseason. This offseason, Indianapolis lost its top three corners from last year. Instead of replacing Stephon Gilmore, Brandon Facyson, and Isaiah Rodgers Sr. with veterans, Indy decided to take on a youth movement in the secondary.

The safeties are relatively young, but they’ve already played at high levels in their careers. The corners, however, are largely inexperienced. Second year guys Darrell Baker Jr. and Dallis Flowers have emerged as the early starters, and rookies JuJu Brents, Darius Rush, and Jaylon Jones, are all in the mix trying to claim a starting spot.

With the two starting positions very much being up for grabs, and an extremely important position, all of the young corners deserve a close look throughout the preseason games.