The Colts (0-0) and New York Jets (0-0) open the preseason Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.
1. The offensive line. OK, it’s not the entire offensive line. The Colts know what they’re going to get from their tackles Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus. The focus will be on guards Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton and center Khaled Holmes. The three young players are expected to get extended snaps so that they can continue to get comfortable. A lot of the Colts’ success in the passing and run game this season will depend on how quick the interior part of the line can mature.
2. Trent Richardson. This is Richardson's first chance to rebound from a disappointing first season with the Colts. Richardson missed the first part of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he’s shown positive signs that he’s on his way to having a bounce-back season with more power running and less thinking after taking the handoff. Richardson can’t afford to struggle because Ahmad Bradshaw is waiting in the background to take the starting spot. Richardson isn’t the only running back to keep an eye on. Daniel “Boom” Herron is looking to distance himself from players like Davin Meggett and Phil Tanner to be the Colts’ third running back.
3. Starting safety. It looked like veteran Mike Adams would potentially be the Colts starting safety after signing with the team in June. It turns out Delano Howell isn’t ready to hand that starting spot over to Adams. Howell was listed as the starter on the team’s depth chart this week. Adams has more experience than Howell, having started 73 games in this career. But Howell is younger and he continues to show that he has the cover skills the coaching staff and general manager Ryan Grigson are looking for out of that position. A starter may not be named for this position until closer to Week 1 of the regular season.