5 storylines to follow in Colts preseason opener against the Bills

The Indianapolis Colts play their first 2023 preseason game on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. Here are five things to watch for.
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2. Shane Steichen's imprint on Colts

The offensive scheme shown in the Colts preseason will likely be a fraction of what we'll see in the regular reason, so expect a vanilla set of play calls that'll ease Richardson and Co. back into live play. Although basic route concepts and blocking schemes will be in full effect amidst preseason play, it'll be fun to analyze the QB-coaching phenom as a HC for the first time in his career.

As alluded to, we likely won't see the modern facets of Steichen's scheme in preseason play, so be prepared for lots of 11 and 12 personnel with the only fresh look for Indianapolis being the pistol formation that they've practiced through the preseason.

Designed QB runs is the obvious installation that will be brand new to Colts fans far and wide, however, there's a good chance Steichen limits Anthony Richardson to no more than a couple of these in preseason. Don't worry, this is merely a precautionary measure.

What we're looking for is the slow but steady adaptation of Steichen's football brain. It's the little things like lineman splits, motion men, and playcall tendencies that will usher in this new era of Colts offense. Once we get to the regular season, Steichen is likely to pull out some stops that Indy football has never seen before.