3 most important things we learned in the Colts first preseason game

Following the Indianapolis Colts preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills, here are the important things we learned about the team.

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2. Colts offensive line depth isn’t good

The good news: Indy’s starting offensive line had a solid day, even without starting right tackle Braden Smith. It wasn’t an elite day, and they did struggle with picking up blitz, but they were opening some running lanes and giving Anthony Richardson some time in the pocket.

The bad news: things quickly went downhill once the starters left the game. When Gardner Minshew came in with the second unit, he struggled to get a pass off because he was under constant duress. Eventually, Indy’s offense had to go to the quick game just to get a pass off.

This unit consists of rookies and unestablished veterans like Wesley French and Danny Pinter. Since they are the second unit, in a perfect world, they wouldn’t see the field in the regular season. However, this isn’t a perfect world, and the game of football forces teams to rely on their depth.

That means the guys on this unit need to step up and figure it out. If they don’t, the Colts will be one injury away from having the kind of offensive line struggles that plagued them last season.