Colts comfortable with Mewhort at right tackle
With the return from injury of Indianapolis Colts' right tackle Gosder Cherilus still uncertain, second-year lineman Jake Mewhort would likely be the Colts starter is Cherilus is unable to play Week 1.
General manager Ryan Grigson said Mewhort, who played left guard as rookie last season, but played tackle in college at Ohio State, is a more than capable replacement.
"I like the fact that he's played the position, both sides, college," Grigson said, via the team's official website. "Like the fact that Jack in a similar way as (starting left tackle), Anthony Castonzo I feel like he has a certain determination about him and a certain intelligence, toughness and that he cares so much, he's going to get the job done. I think athleticism is there at right tackle. If he has to play that position he's going to do a very good job because he won't accept otherwise."
Cherilus has missed the Colts' entire offseason program recovering from knee surgery January. He also dealt with multiple injuries throughout the course of last season. Grigson said the target is for Cherilus to be ready to go for training camp.
“We hope so," Grigson said. "You have to look for the field tests. You have to take it piecemeal. Like right now, we’re kind of not focused on that, because he’s just starting to get out here and starting to move around and do certain things. So, you can’t even start evaluating him until he starts getting in a bent knee position and starts sliding, doing football-type stuff to see if that movement and mannerisms are there that you want in an NFL starting right tackle."
If not, the Colts have faith Mewhort can handle the job.
(h/t Indianapolis Colts)
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