2. Will younger players step up?
As previously stated, the Colts will need some newcomers to step up, in a big way. While the Colts have several established veterans throughout the roster, some young players will be relied on in some very important positions in the line up.
One of those positions is left tackle. Second-year lineman, Bernhard Raimann is pencilled in as the starter, and after improving in the second half of his rookie year, Indianapolis will need him to be solid all season long. While the entire line needs to improve, the left tackle position is especially important in keeping the quarterback up.
Beyond left tackle, several first- and second-year guys will have major responsibilities in the secondary. With Stephon Gilmore and Isaiah Rodgers Sr. no longer on the roster, there’s a chance Indy’s two outside starting corners could be rookies. Training camp will be an important test for Julius Brents, Darius Rush, Jaylon Jones, and Dallis Flowers.
In addition to the secondary, there are a few more positions where young players must be prepared to contribute. That includes tight end, wide receiver, and, of course, quarterback.