Position battle updates first week

Position battle updates first week

The Indianapolis Colts have gotten through their first week of training camp and with it has come more information about the position battles taking place.

The first week of training camp included three practices, none of which were padded. So it’s difficult to truly gauge who has the upper hand in these competitions outside of noticing which players are taking the most snaps with the first-team units.

These results could change drastically throughout training camp and the preseason, but here’s an updated look at the position battles at training camp through the first week:

Left Tackle

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Current leader: Matt Prior

It hasn’t really been much of a competition. Pryor has been taking every snap at left tackle through the first week of training camp while rookie Bernhard Raimann has been working with the second team. This is one of those positions where we’ll get a better look when the pads come on.

No. 3 cornerback

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Current leader: Brandon Facyson

For the majority of camp, it has been the veteran Facyson taking first-team reps as the No. 3 cornerback next to Kenny Moore II and Stephon Gilmore. His main competition, Isaiah Rodgers, has had good moments and bad moments. Facyson’s deep history in Gus Bradley’s scheme may be a massive advantage in this battle.

No. 3 running back

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Current leader: N/A

The Colts seem to have a heavy mix at the No. 3 running back spot with Deon Jackson, Phillip Lindsay and D’Vonte Price all getting a solid amount of reps behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. We may need to wait until the preseason games to see any separation.

No. 3 linebacker

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Current leader: Zaire Franklin

It isn’t a surprise that Franklin is the No. 3 linebacker behind Bobby Okereke and Shaquille Leonard, who remains on the PUP list. What is a slight surprise is that Franklin has been working as the replacement for Leonard on the first-team defense over EJ Speed, who has historically taken on that role.

Strong Safety

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Current leader: Nick Cross

The rookie has taken advantage of his opportunities, grabbing an interception on the second play of camp. Cross has been seeing plenty of work on the first-team defense next to Julian Blackmon while Rodney McLeod gets back from a knee injury. It’s early, but this job may be Cross’ to lose.

No. 2 wide receiver

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Current leader: N/A

Both Parris Campbell and Alec Pierce have gotten off to strong starts so there isn’t a true leader at this point. The Colts may give it to the veteran Campbell given his strong connection with Matt Ryan, but both players have had some success with the new quarterback. Regardless of who wins or loses, both Pierce and Campbell should have active roles in the passing game.

Right Guard

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Current leader: Danny Painter

It has been all Pinter through the first week of training camp, and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to hold that role unless his preseason showings are egregiously poor. Will Fries has been working with the second-team offense, but this spot belongs to Pinter.

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