The Colts have registered 12 wins over seven straight seasons, won six AFC South titles, and played in two Super Bowls.
Winning in August doesn't necessarily translate into a successful regular season. For the Colts, the preseason is strictly a time for evaluation for both the coaching staff and the player personnel department.
Caldwell and his assistants use the preseason to take a long look at the team's rookies — both draft picks and undrafted free agents — as well as veteran backups who usually don't get a chance to play.
Every now and then, an unheralded player or two — such as running back Devin Moore and defensive end John Chick — will have a chance to make a name for themselves.
Moore, who grew up in Indianapolis, continues to impress as a backup running back. He may have earned more work as a potential kickoff and punt returner after his performance in the Buffalo game (four kickoffs for a 32.3-yard average, two punt returns for a 25.5-yard average — including a 49-yard return — and six carries for 26 yards).
"He performed well. He gave us a bit of a lift in our return game, both on kickoff returns and punts. You could really see him coming along, even in practice," Caldwell said. "He typically shows that he has very good field awareness. Excellent vision. And he's got speed. We've got a couple more (preseason) games to go yet, but we certainly like the way he's trending at this point."
The affable Moore led his high school team to the state finals at the RCA Dome a few years ago. There's a better than even chance that he could find himself working at Lucas Oil Stadium this fall. His performances in the first two preseason games could make for some tough decisions later on.
"It's one of those things where we get a chance to look at them in practice, even during our (organized team activities). And you could see that he had a bit of a spark," Caldwell said, but added that there's still much more evaluation to be done during the preseason.
"Much like anything else, he has real good potential. But one game does not necessarily a season make. But I do think he's headed in the right direction. He's got some ability. He's one of those guys who has some dual return ability."
Chick, meanwhile, started against San Francisco (in place of defensive end Dwight Freeney) and saw extensive work against the Bills. Club president Bill Polian remarked last week that the former Canadian Football League defensive player of the year has a real shot at making Indianapolis' 53-man regular season roster.
"We wanted to get a third pass rusher (with the addition of first-round draft pick Jerry Hughes)," Polian said during an appearance before an Anderson audience. "Jerry Hughes is going to be a good player. John Chick will make the team. We may have found four now."
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