Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/30/12

When The Indianapolis Colts opened training camp on July 28th, first-round draft pick, quarterback Andrew Luck, was the most talked about Colt on the field.

While the press and fans clamored to Luck like a Beatles rock legend, a few other Colts were getting themselves prepared for a preseason where the hands of fate were completely in control.

In the sixth round the Indianapolis Colts drafted rookie wideout LaVon Brazill.

Brazill, 5-11, 192 pounds, ran a 4.48 at the Scouting Combine and came into camp slated as the No. 3 receiver behind usual slot man Austin Collie and often banged up Donnie Avery.

Due to the early and often absences of Avery, Brazill found himself the recipient of first-team and second-team reps early in camp, impressing fans and coaches.

With a concussion-riddled Collie and a banged up Avery, Brazill ran with first-offense against the Steelers snagging two balls for 25 yards, while being targeted three times.

As Brazill has totaled seven catches for 81 yards and zero touchdowns this preseason, with his speed on the outside and his timely preseason clutch snags, Brazill has made a strong case for himself as the second wideout to All-Pro Reggie Wayne.

Collie and the Colts appear to be doubtful at best about Collie's status for opener against Chicago and there's whispers that Avery's health is a concern through 16 games, which pushes Brazill into a favorable yet important role for The Colts' offense come September 9th at Chicago.

For you Fantasy Football junkies, Brazill has clearly emerged as a player to keep your eyes on. Due to the uncertain status of Collie and Avery, along with an ability to stretch defenses and contribute in the return game, Brazill is worth a look as a sleeper with unlimited potential to break out this season. Ala Victor Cruz!

There's a buzz flying around the Colts' locker room that's seeping out around the league about a former guy whose instantly become a stud! He is 6-0, 234-pounder, Jerrell Freeman, who is a 26-year-old inside linebacker whose journey began back at The University of Mary Hardin - Baylor where Freeman is a record-holding linebacker in career tackles tallying 311.

In 2008, Freeman earned a brief chance to display his ability with the Tennessee Titans before being released during training camp. In March, 2009 Freeman signed a contract with The Saskatchewan Roughriders and in 2011 had a breakout season leading the CFL with 106 tackles, gaining notice as one of the leagues premier defensive players.

When Freeman was signed by the Colts, January 16th, 2012, his projected role was a third-string backer and a special teams ace to break the wedge, my how things have changed! After what many describe as quick, sound, and an explosive training camp, Freeman has picked up his productivity this preseason leading all tacklers with 13 (8 solo).

News that Pat Angerer will most likely miss six weeks with a broken foot has to leave Freeman chomping at the bit, as he will 99.9999 percent be starting come Sunday, September 9th, at Chicago.

Kavell Conner was thought at one point to be the clear-cut starter, but with poor coverage ability and lack of quickness, Freeman has the staff and others thinking otherwise. Fantasy Football world don't count Freeman out as a sleeper largely because he has exceptional coverage skills and has been often sighted around the quarterback, scaring the socks off of folks. Just ask Robert Griffin III!  

With over half of the offensive line just being assembled the pressure is mounting to gel against an aggressive, kitchen sink-type defense in the Chicago Bears. Colts center Sampson Satele, a free agent veteran signed to a $10.8 million deal to be the gritty anchor, will help Andrew Luck lead the troops and develop a strong bond with the rookie.

The offensive tackles of the group, former Eagles vet Winston Justice and first-round pick Anthony Castonzo, have been working extremely hard to keep Luck upright, but have had spurts of allowing rushers off the edge. Rushers coming off the edge beating the tackles has been an ongoing occurrence with six sacks being given up in just three preseason games.

With the offensive tackles showing inconsistent tendencies, the Colts are hoping Friday night against the Cincinnati Bengals they show an ability to protect the outside and cross blitzes which they've struggled with thus far.

The left guard group shows Joe Reitz battling and winning against guard/tackle Jeff Linkenbach. Linkenbach, who has been struggling at the left guard spot has found equal difficulties at the right tackle spot.

As it looks right now, Linkenbach will be a backup for the right tackle spot as well as the left guard spot moving forward into Friday night against the Bengals.

For the right guard spot big Mike McGlynn has given the Colts' ground game a more physical nature about it, compared to years previous being a more sleek, finesse type of unit. McGlynn has looked solid all preseason and camp, being called possibly the best overall offensive lineman of the group, next to big 6-6 Justice at left tackle.

Although the Colts' offensive line has been inconsistent, they have ran the football better and are a much more physical unit than we've known them as, however in order to go on the road September 9th and pull one out against a stingy, nasty Bears' defense the offensive line will have to play sound and physical football. Should be a great test, can't wait.

 



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