Will the Colts be able to keep everyone happy on offense?
The Indianapolis offense was already loaded and that was before the team added running back Frank Gore and wide receivers Andre Johnson, Duron Carter and first-round pick Phillip Dorsett into the mix. With so many weapons and just one football, the potential for players to become disgruntled definitely exists. It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton plans to spread the ball around.
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Will all the players entering contract years serve as a distraction?
Left tackle Anthony Castonzo, tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton are all in the final year of their contracts. Oh, and the same goes for head coach Chuck Pagano, too. On a team with Super Bowl aspirations, will worries about individual needs get in the way of team goals?
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Is the defense improved?
The furor over Deflategate took the focus away from the fact the Colts allowed the Patriots to run for 177 yards and gain 14 rushing first downs in the 45-7 AFC title game loss. Chuck Pagano called the run defense his team's "Achilles heel" and promised it will be fixed -- or else. Indianapolis added veteran lineman Kendall Langford, linebacker Trent Cole and safety Dwight Lowery over the offseason and will get a boost from a return to health by Arthur Jones and Robert Mathis, but will that be enough? The Colts know they can count on their offense, but their championship hopes may hinge on how well the defense holds up in 2015.
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When will Robert Mathis return?
Mathis, who is coming off an Achilles injury, is a key component of the Indianapolis defense. He’s vowed to be back by the Sept. 13 season opener, but it remains to be seen when he returns to practice. Mathis had 19.5 sacks in 2013 and his return to health, both from a production and leadership standpoint, will go along way towards shoring up the Colts’ D. He served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy last season before injuring his Achilles while training for his return.
Who starts along the offensive line?
The Colts enter camp with nine players on the roster with starting experience. Figuring out a starting five early in camp to allow the group time to gel is a priority for Chuck Pagano. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus was released just days before camp. Jack Mewhort, who is entering his second season, figures to take over for Cherilus moving forward. Veteran Todd Herremans figures to start at one guard spot. Donald Thomas, Hugh Thornton and others will battle for the other spot. Jonotthan Harrison and Khaled Holmes will compete for the center job.