NFL teams seem to love Connor Williams, and he may be the odds-on favorite for top offensive tackle.
Arguably the biggest strength of the 2018 draft class, the interior offensive line might have three first-rounders and two more top-50 picks. All of these lineman look like instant NFL starters. Billy Price could be a rare top-15 pick.
“There’s an added comfort with knowing your guys, and having repetitions with the plays you’re going to run in games,” Tolzien said. “And also this being the second year in the system: You can start the season at a different point than you were at last year, when you were learning what every shift in motion means.”
It will be the coaches’ job, as Pagano explained, to conceive a game plan that emphasizes Tolzien’s strengths. That will no doubt involve emphasis on the running game, with the Colts apparently well-stocked at running back, but the depth chart released this week showed multiple changes from how several offensive linemen were positioned for much of the preseason.
In addition to the concern at quarterback and the O-line, there is a rebuilt defense that could include four rookies — safety Malik Hooker, corner Quincy Wilson, nose tackle Grover Stewart and linebacker Tarell Basham — serving in contributing roles.
With Beckham missing, running back Shane Vereen led all receivers with nine catches and had 51 yards. Rookie first-round pick Evan Engram, a tight end, had four catches for 44 yards. Second-year receiver Sterling Shepard had seven catches, but for just 44 yards. Lewis had four grabs for 54 yards.
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