Andrew Luck finding groove, offensive line shaking out as Colts break camp

ANDERSON, Ind. -- The final whistle blew. They converged on the field for a brief meeting with coach Chuck Pagano. They signed autographs for the remaining people in attendance before sprinting off the field, signaling the end of the Indianapolis Colts’ two-week training camp at Anderson (Ind.) University.

The Colts entered training camp with question marks. Some of those questions were answered, while others still linger.

Luck is on his way back: There was some rust -- as expected -- from quarterback Andrew Luck after he missed nine games last season. But it didn’t take long before he started picking apart the defense again. In camp, Luck focused on his footwork, getting rid of the ball quicker, and sliding. And Luck's chemistry with receiver T.Y. Hilton? They will be making things tough on opposing defenses if they are in sync during the regular season the way they have been so far.

"Nothing is ever finished, in a sense," Luck said. "Still making sure you understand the offense 100 percent and understand the finer details of all the plays and what [offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski] is sort of trying to accomplish with each play as opposed to just, 'All right, this is where he’s going. ...'"

"We may not be in Anderson anymore, but in my mind, training camp still is going on, so we’ve got a bunch of good weeks of practice."

Offensive line starters seem set: Arguably the biggest question mark heading into training camp was who would start on the right side of the offensive line for the Colts. Well, the starting offensive line appears to be set, barring injury or a sudden change in performance.

Denzelle Good and Joe Reitz are in line to start at right guard and right tackle, respectively. They will join center Ryan Kelly, left guard Jack Mewhort, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo in the starting lineup.

The unit will get its first test in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.

"We have a good idea" about the offensive line, Pagano said. "We’ve got to go play to find out exactly where we are at. Those guys are workers, they are tough, they are smart, we know it. Things are starting to iron themselves out, but again, we have four preseason games left."

Beat up on the defensive line: One emphasis the Colts have consistently talked about is being able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.

The offensive line could be heading in that direction. The same thing can’t be said about the defensive line.

The Colts could be without three key defensive linemen when they open the season against Detroit in Week 1. Arthur Jones will miss the first four games of the season while he serves his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Henry Anderson is still on the physically unable to perform list following his torn ACL last season, and Kendall Langford is out 3-4 weeks after he had knee surgery this week.


That means players like Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill and Hassan Ridgeway will have to step up to help David Parry up front. Don’t be surprised if the Colts look to sign a player at some point between now and the start of the regular season.

"Sure, those three guys are good players and we’re going to miss them, but scared isn’t a good term to describe how we feel right now," defensive coordinator Ted Monachino said. "We just know that we’ve got to maybe approach things a little differently with the group of guys that we have available to us."