Colts Mailbag Weekend Edition: Should The Colts Tackle During Training Camp?
June 24, 2017 02:52 PM | Kevin Bowen

INDIANAPOLIS - Each week, readers of can submit their questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Wednesday or Saturday mailbag.

Submit your question here.

With the abundance of questions in recent weeks, we will have two mailbags each week. This one comes via a weekend edition (here's the Wednesday version from this week).

James C. (Northwest, England)

Hi Kevin how are you? It's been a while since my last question.
1- Lets be hypothetical for a minute, say Geathers isn't going to be ready week 1 of regular season. Who takes his place at strong safety? I'd say the front runner is Farley with the amount of reps during mini camp. What do you think?
2- How many players do you think will make the pro bowl from the Colts this year? And if so, who?
Thanks Kevin have a good day.

Matt H. (Metea, IN)

Greetings Kevin. There seems to be no interest in the media about the Colts having any success this year. Just read an article about the best tandem wide recievers in the NFL. Nothing about the Colts. Andrew Luck is in question for MVP, but is ranked low on the top 100. The ghost is not being mentioned at ALL, even though he is the reigning yardage champ. No talk about Colts players at all. Except for Grigson being hired by the Browns (wonder if the Trent Richardson trade was an inside job for a guaranteed job if he got fired ) just absolute speculation on that. Which brings me to my point, Some people are concerned that the Colts arent getting Pittsburgh, New England, or Raiders kind of press. I find it wonderful actually. The less press, the less expectations, the more motivation for the players and staff to be the surprise team of the year. Any thoughts? Look for Luck to be an MVP contender, I pick Aaron Rodgers. Look for Coach Pagano to be come back coach of the year, and Colts go 13-3 regular season, and Lose AFC championship game. Super Bowl bound next year. Ideas?

Ethan H. (Fort Myers, FL)

Hey Kevin do you think with the young signed players one defense do you think the colts will be the Atlanta Falcons of 2016 on defense in this season?

Tim D. (Ft. Wayne, IN)

Hello Kevin,
I read with interest the story on Tuesday, on the situation of tackling or not tacking during the upcoming training camp. While I feel. there is no substitute for actually hitting the other guy, to help cut down on possible 'friendly fire' injuries, have the Colts looked into using the new remote controlled tackling dummies that are now being used by some of our competitors?
Thanks for work on keeping us fans updated.

Jay V. (Slidell, LA)

What's up Kevin!?! Man camp is over and football season can't get here fast enough, sooo looks like I'm going to be bothering for a about a month and a half lol.

Couple questions...
1. In all honesty it truly looks like Geathers is not going to be ready for the season. With that being said, how do feel about Hooker at FS and Butler at SS? I believe thats a no fly zone for offenses trying to go deep, I actually think even when Geathers comes back he should slide into a linebacker type role. With Davis and Wilson on the outside, I think our defense is a turnover machine!

2. One rookie I haven't really head news on is CB Nate Hairston. How is his progress coming? When you guys have been talking about competition for CB roles, he hasn't been mentioned. Do you see him making the roster? Has he shown anything good? In college he never got beat deep so I thought we would be a contributor to a ball hawking D. Any insight??

Eric S. (West Palm Beach, FL)

Hey Kevin,

Hope all is well! First question is does Kevin Bowen get a break before things start to pickup?

Also if you could pick one rookie drafted after the second round to exceed expecatations and have a big impact in year one. Who would it be.

I'm not sure of the exact stats on the Colts defense last year, but I believe they were in the bottom of the league in all of them. If you could pick one area between Sacks, Rush Yards per game, pass yards per game, and turnovers. Which would you pick for the Colts defense to become a top ten team?

Steve B. (Washington, IN)

kevin, to share a thought concerning a previous report you made per the defensive line with 6 maybe the limit for the 53 man roster.

with that thought in mind, should an injury or 2 occur to one of the six, that would leave only 4 lineman remaining on roster, which would leave the team rather thin come December and January.

with 4 preseason game, 16 regular season games, and hopefully 2, 3, 4 playoff games, depth along the defensive line would be invaluable.

hopefully 7, if not 8 make the roster. it can be managed should the coaches warrant.

the 7 I would consider, with your input from an earlier report of the colts initial 1st team being: Hankins, Parry, Anderson; I would follow this up accordingly - Ridgeway, Woods, Hunt, with Stewart being the 7th man.

as some others have previously exercised, I could share my thoughts on the 53 man roster having 7 or 8 DL
for what it would be worth.

thank you Kevin for your timely colt updates and news reports.

Michael D. (Indianapolis)

Hi Kevin:

Where do the height & weight of players listed on the website roster come from and when do they get updated? It's always interesting to see who gains and who loses. I doubt Andrew is still 240.

Thanks, Mike Duff

Zac N. (Indiana)

Hi there Kevin. I have a couple questions that are kind of broad. 1: After just seeing Derek Carr sign an extension paying him $25 million per year, I'm wondering why all these quarterback deals always have to one up the previous quarterback's deal? (i.e. Andrew Luck's). 2. If you could play any sport at the professional level, what would it be and why? 3. Who is your favorite professional athlete to watch across all sports and why?

John O. (Seattle)

Always look forward to this mailbag every week. The questions pouring in are so good.

Last year some players had mentioned that Coach Pagano didn't push them hard enough. He addressed this by saying some things needed to change on his end. Do you happen to know what coaching strategies he's taken that are different from previous years? In the limited media times you get during the offseason have you personally noted any difference in his coaching style from a distance? I know that last question may be hard to answer, but is there any news as to him pushing guys more than he did last year or carrying around a different demeanor on the field?

Lastly, the NFL brings out an evaluation of strength of schedule based on last years records - how credible is this in terms of season outcomes the following year? Should there be reason to be optimistic because the colts were ranked weakest schedule for this coming year?

Dennis E. (Sweetser, IN)

I was reading your Wednesday Mailbag and saw the question from Sunil in Houston. Just thinking but couldn't he listen to the colts radio broadcast over the Internet? I think we would all feel something missing if not hearing his excitement and love for the Colts!

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