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4 Things to watch for in Colts vs Ravens preseason week two What is it about the preseason

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That first game seems like it is a breath of fresh air after such a long absence of football. Now it seems as though time as slowed down and we are stuck waiting for the remainder of the preseason to pass and for the Colts to enter the regular season healthy and ready to do some damage.However White Kenny Moore Jersey , the preseason games hold some meaning for the Colts as they attempt to flesh out the completed depth chart and get some of their players worked back into the fold who have missed time with injuries. With those thoughts in mind, letís look at some things worth watching in this second preseason game.The Edge RushersPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesThe pass rush in the first preseason game wasnít great. The first team defense as a whole struggled a bit. However, Russell Wilson is sort of a magician at avoiding pressure, and there arenít many quarterbacks in the NFL who can do what he can with his feet. Speaking of guys who canít move like Russell Wilson, the Colts will be pitted against Joe Flacco.Flacco is a much more traditional pocket passer, which means that he will provide a better look at how the Colts pass rush impacts passers who are more likely to stay put in the pocket. 8 of the Colts games will be against quarterbacks of this style, and you could throw in the Jets and Bills as two more, but their quarterback situations are still up in the air. For most of the past few days of camp, the starting defensive ends have been Jabaal Sheard and Margus Hunt. Unless something changes drastically over the two days of joint practices with the Ravens, those two would be the guys I expect will start against the Ravens with the first team. John Simon and Ryan Delaire were both rotating in on first team reps as well. This line is far from set, and we know it will feature a lot of rotation of players. Delaire is a guy to keep an eye on. He has been active in practices and if he can make that kind of impact in the games, it will mean yet another effective guy who can be added to the ranks. On the whole, this group is the one I am most interested to see. They need to grow and be effective, so we have got to see them start getting consistent pressure on the quarterback.Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim HinesPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesIf you havenít detected it, I am driving the hype bus for Jordan Wilkins. I broke down his first game action earlier this week and Iíve been thoroughly excited to see him back in action.With injuries across the running back group, Wilkins will likely get a good bit of time with the first team and that will be a much better indicator of his potential. Nyheim Hines had a rough start with his preseason debut and will be looking for a little redemption. Since muffing punts hadnít been a part of what we saw from him in practice, I am willing to chalk a good bit of that up to jitters from his first NFL game. However, we will need to see some serious improvement in his play from week one. The Colts have moved him all over the field and I expect that to continue in this matchup. Hopefully, he can show some flashes in the return game and have a mistake free outing, because the Colts would love to have him as a weapon http://www.authenticsindianapoliscolts.com/cheap-jack-doyle-jersey , but cannot afford the mental errors.Quenton Nelson and Braden SmithPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesThis one is something that I think applies both to this game and to the joint practices at large. With the focus of the Colts under Frank Reich being an ďobsession to finish,Ē Quenton Nelson has proven the best possible first round pick. The guy loves finishing plays. That also means that especially by the time the Colts kick off on Monday, the Ravensí defensive line will be just about sick of dealing with a guy who desperately attempts to destroy them on every play. Donít misunderstand me and think I am calling a dirty player, but Iíd be disappointed if Quenton Nelson isnít at the center of a fight, or at least some pretty scrappy moments during his game time on Monday. Nelson looked solid in his first game, and itíll be very interesting to see him improve with more experience.As far as Braden Smith goes, I am intrigued to see him line up in this game and see when he plays and how much. The first team offensive line at tackle has still been up in the air with Castonzo still out, so there hasnít been an opportunity to see who gets that spot. Smith had some reps with the first team this week, but wonít necessarily get them come game day. Whether he can translate his relative success from week one of the preseason to a higher level of competition is something Iím very interested to see. If Smith gets time against the ones and is able to look as good as he did against lower level talent, the Colts will be very excited.Andrew Luck vs the Ravens Defensive BacksPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesThe Ravensí pass defense was one of the best in the NFL last season. They led the league with 22 interceptions. They are an opportunistic and savvy defensive backs group and theyíll be a great test for Andrew Luck on his path to returning completely. Luckís first game was fine in terms of his production. He was 6 of 9 for 64 yards. However, he had a couple throws which were clearly forced in to T.Y. Hilton. It was clear that there were nerves involved, that he still hadnít built the rapport with some receivers, and that the play calls kept things pretty safe. That was fine for his first game back, but now we want to see him take the next step. It would be excellent to see Luck air out a deep pass against a solid defense and put it on the money where only the receiver can get it. Also, seeing him hit other receivers will show he is beginning to develop some chemistry, which he definitely will need heading into games that matter. We donít know how much Luck will play, and if the first game was any indication, heíll be handing the ball off about half of his snaps anyway. However, seeing him successfully challenge such a solid pass defense will be a big step toward feeling comfortable about the player he can be this season.Colts Roster Cuts: How Ryan Delaire beat out John Simon for the DE spot While many have taken umbrage with the unexpected release of John Simon, myself included Youth Ryan Kelly Jersey , it did not happen out of the blue. So how is it that John Simon saw his role snatched right out from under him by a guy who had been out of the game for a year?The most obvious clue that Simonís spot on the roster was in tenuous position was the fact that in the third preseason game, he was still playing deep into the game. In retrospect, the reason why is pretty easy to guess. Starting in week two, Delaire had started putting on a clinic against the 3rd and 4th string offenses. Using a whole slew of pass rush moves, Delaire was launching an assault on the quarterback that made him look like the clear best player on the field. In short, he was dominating backups in exactly the way a starting caliber NFL player should. John Simon? He looked like the same gritty, hard-working guy he did all offseason. He has one of the highest motors of any Colts defender weíve had in a while. He also has a knack for making plays when theyíre needed, and that is valuable. But he didnít pop off the screen in the way Delaire did. Simon wins on effort more than ability. The Colts clearly wanted these two playing against the same level of competition to get a good comparison, and they obviously felt that Delaire outshone Simon.Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsIf we look back to last preseason we see a similar picture. John Simon was outstanding last preseason. He was grabbing interceptions, forcing fumbles, and generally wreaking havoc for the Coltsí defense. I remember how excited I started getting for the Coltsí defense last season watching him. Then when the regular season began, Simonís level of disruption went way down. It wasnít that he was a bad player, far from it. Simonís blue-collar attitude was one of the few things to truly enjoy in some of the performances from last season. However, that dominant force that we saw in the preseason didnít really carry over. His effort more than his ability was the thing that had been getting big wins for him in the preseason, and once the starting opponents upped their play in conjunction with the regular season, it revealed his limitations as a flashy playmaker.Fast forward to this offseason, which saw a shift from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense. Simon was viewed immediately as a longshot to make the roster. His size was not ideal for a defensive end in the scheme, and he lacked the athleticism and pass rush moves to negate being undersized. Additionally, he wasnít suited for the new type of linebacker the defense was looking for. Then training camp and the preseason happened. We saw the same John Simon who made plays and caused disruption take his spot in the preseason. He was clearly one of the more impactful players on the roster. So, by the time the preseason wrapped up Youth Quenton Nelson Jersey , few people were predicting that Simon might lose his job. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsWhile I donít really agree with the move, I think after a day to reflect, I understand it. John Simon has a clearly defined ceiling. His size and athletic ability mean that his impact has a limit below what several of the other players could provide. Chris Ballard obviously believes that guys like Ryan Delaire and rookie Kemoko Turay are better fits for the scheme and provide a higher possible ceiling for the team. There is something to be said for rewarding effort. John Simon worked hard and as much as anyone, seems to have done enough to earn a roster spot. However, a balance has to be struck between keeping the players who are currently performing the best, versus players with the greatest potential. Ballard wants to build a team that can get after the quarterback. Long-term, John Simon is not an integral piece of that. He was a stopgap player who fit the culture of the team. I believe there is an argument to be made for keeping Simon and cutting Margus Hunt, but Hunt also offers a versatility that Simon doesnít by working at several spots on the defensive line and on special teams, so I can understand that decision as well, even if I donít necessarily agree with it. Ultimately, Ballard decided that the potential of players like Ryan Delaire and more importantly, perhaps, rookie Kemoko Turay were more important to develop than to keep John Simon on the roster. The best way to develop them? By letting them play. They canít do that if John Simon is taking their snaps.Time will tell whether or not this was the right call. We didnít see much of Turay during camp because of injuries. Delaire didnít face top level competition, but also hadnít had much time to learn the ins and outs of the defense, which means we donít know exactly what to expect from him once the regular season kicks off. If one of these guys or both develops into a top-quality pass rusher, Ballard will be completely justified in this move. If the team struggles all season long to get to the quarterback and they donít see development from these two guys, we will all wonder what difference Simon could have made. Such is the life of a general manager in the NFL.

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