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Colts' offensive line hopes to rebound against very good Rams front

INDIANAPOLIS -- Calling the performance by the Indianapolis Colts' starting offensive line poor against the Chicago Bears would be too nice.

It’s definitely not a good performance when you let your franchise quarterback get hit on three of his first five drop-backs.

The challenge the Colts are about to face against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday won’t be any easier. It will be more difficult.

The Rams have a defensive line that features four players taken in the first round.

The Colts?

They only have one player on their offensive line taken in the first round, left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

"Can’t wait to see where we’re at," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "Good week of preparation. They have a great front."

Jack Mewhort proved against Chicago that his transition from guard to right tackle won’t be an easy one when he was beaten by Pernell McPhee on the first two pass plays last week.

"You have to have the confidence in yourself to do it," Mewhort said. "I’ve said it before, I’m my own toughest critic and I need to be able to hit that reset button and let plays go, because it’s the NFL and there are a lot of great players.

"Every week I’m going to see a great player and I’m going to get beat and I’ve got to be able to let that go and move on and can’t let it affect the next two or three or four plays. It goes back to, like I said, of falling back on fundamentals and technique and trusting that I have the tools in my toolbox to go out there and get the job done."

This will likely be the most playing time the starting offensive line gets together prior to their Week 1 game against Buffalo, because the veteran players aren’t expected to play much, if at all, in the preseason finale against Cincinnati.

The last thing the Colts need is to have another poor performance by the offensive line, and they head into the regular season with even more questions about the unit.

"Doesn’t matter who we’re going against -- I know it’s a really good front seven -- we want to play well," Pagano said. "We want to play better Saturday than we did last Saturday. Want to build confidence as [well] as the other things you want to do. It’s important that we play well."