Rookie Questions Heading Into Camp

ColtPower gives you a look at a few of the Colts rookies in action and asks the questions that loom for each of them heading into their first training camp.

Are you ready to see the Colts rookies lining up to take their shot at landing a spot on the roster? Well here's a few photos of players to watch as camp opens at the end of this month.

Two big questions in this year's camp revolve
around the Colts' top two draft picks. Kelvin
Hayden (left) will undoubtedly be present on
special teams, but can he push past the veterans
to garner the dime or nickel back spot? And can
Marlin Jackson (right) impress the coaches
enough so that his physical style of play will be
on the field as a starting corner on opening day
versus the Ravens?


The key question for Jonathan Welsh is just where
does he fit in to a Colts defensive end depth chart
already crowded by Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis,
Josh Thomas, and Raheem Brock? Once the
regular season begins, will he be worked into a
rotation or will he spend a year primarily on the
sidelines as an understudy to Mathis?


One thing's for certain. Expect to see plenty of
safety Matt Giordano on special teams putting
some hits on returners. And he can certainly
provide solid run support from the safety position.
But can he cover starting-caliber receivers at the
pro level? He'll be tested in the preseason -- and
how well he responds will be critical as the
Colts have three players -- Bob Sanders, Mike
Doss and Joe Jefferson -- who have been hampered
by injuries in the past.


Where does Anthony Davis fit in to the Colts'
running back plans? With Edgerrin James and
Dominic Rhodes clearly established as the top
backs, Davis will be competing with veteran
James Mungro for the #3 spot. But University of
Maine rookie Marcus Williams and the apparent
addition of Mississippi RB Vashon Pearson makes
Davis' job a bit tougher. He'll have to find a way
to stand out from the crowd, breaking some big
runs during the preseason to remain on the roster.

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