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Mailbag: Chance to re-sign Nicks?

Mike Wells: I'd say there's a very good chance the Indianapolis Colts will try to re-sign Hakeem Nicks if he has a strong season. Reggie Wayne likely only has a few seasons at most left in his career. The Colts can re-sign Nicks to go with T.Y. Hilton and rookie Donte Moncrief as their three top receivers in life after Wayne. But Nicks needs to get back to playing like the receiver who had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and not the one who didn't catch a touchdown pass for the first time in his career last season.

Wells: There doesn't seem to be a lot of optimism about the team by many around the country. So much will depend on -- get ready for it -- how well the offensive line protects quarterback Andrew Luck and opens up lanes for the running backs. Defensively, I think the front seven will be better. Cornerbacks Greg Toler and Vontae Davis should be a solid duo, if they stay healthy.

Wells: Everybody knows LaRon Landry will start at one of the spots back there, but the other one is wide open. Delano Howell, who is at the top of the depth chart, has been dealing with a neck injury. Mike Adams is still getting familiar with the system. And there's also Sergio Brown. I wouldn't be surprised if coach Chuck Pagano doesn't name a starter until right before the Week 1 game against the Denver Broncos.

Wells: Luck has the weapons around him and the arm to do it, but I don't think it'll happen this season. The passing game will be the strength of the Colts, but you can expect them to hand the ball off to Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw a fair amount of time, too. I can see Luck throwing for at least 5,000 yards in a season at some point in his career.

Wells: Yes I do. I say that because GM Ryan Grigson is always working the phone trying to improve the roster. Don't be shocked if Grigson signs at least a couple more offensive linemen between now and the game against the Broncos.

Wells: I originally said 12 because they play in the AFC South, the weakest division in the league, and if they could avoid injuries to any of their key players. Donald Thomas (quad) and Vick Ballard (Achilles) are already out for the season. I can still see them winning 11 games for the third straight season. Can I say 11 or 12 wins this season?

Wells: Linebacker Daniel Adongo did clear waivers and he was placed on injured reserve by the Colts. Not that there's ever a good time to be placed on IR, but it's definitely not good for Adongo because it stunts his development in learning the NFL. Adongo will be back, but he faces an uphill battle to make the roster in 2015.

Wells: It's way too early to tell with Jonotthan Harrison. He came in earlier than expected against the Jets. He had a rough start -- two bad snaps -- but then got comfortable. Harrison needs to use this time while starter Khaled Holmes is out with his ankle injury to prove to the Colts -- and evidently the fans, too -- that he's not only a reliable backup but he also can step in and start if something happens to Holmes down the road.

Wells: Third running back for now, but I think the Colts won't hesitate to make him the second running back if something happens to Richardson or Ahmad Bradshaw at any point in the season. Here's what Pagano recently said about Daniel Herron. "He runs extremely hard, he's got great vision, he's got great eyes," Pagano said. "Good blocker, good pass pro guy. He's showing that he's got the ability to be an all-around back, an every down back."