Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan examines the Colts’ top-five positions of need, including linebacker, wide receiver, cornerback, defensive tackle, and running back.
- At linebacker, Bowen writes that all three positions should be viewed as “open” heading into training camp.
- Bowen points out that Colts WR Ryan Grant is the only receiver on the roster other than T.Y. Hilton to record over 23 receptions in a season. According to Bowen, fifth-round pick Reece Fountain and sixth-round selection Deon Cain could push for playing time this summer.
- Regarding their inexperience at cornerback, Bowen says that Pierre Desir must prove he’s capable of being a full-time starter and Quincy Wilson needs to show he’s grown up in his second year with the team.
- As for the running back issues, Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins are set to be the team’s top-three players following RB Robert Turbin‘s four-game suspension.
- According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, defensive linemen Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus and first-round pick Taven Bryan are the three locks to make the 53-man roster.
- Kaye adds that Abry Jones and Eli Ankou are both likely to secure spots while Mike Bennett and Lyndon Johnson are viewed as long shots to make the team.
After being arrested twice in the past two years, Jets WR Robby Anderson says he’s “grown a lot” and is being “real cautious with things now.”
“I learned a lot,” Anderson said, via NFL.com. “It was a valuable lesson, but I really don’t want people to look at me and focus on that situation alone because mistakes do happen. It’s not acceptable, but I definitely want everybody to understand that I’ve grown a lot from that and I learned a lot from that. I felt bad to represent the Jets in that way, my family, the people that support me — my fans — but I want them to know I have grown past that and that’s behind me, and I’m focused on the future and improving.”