Secondary Burning Questions Heading Into Colts Training Camp
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INDIANAPOLIS – All the questions the Colts face heading into their 2018 Training Camp will see answers develop in front of fans at Grand Park.
On Wednesday, July 25, the Colts will report to work in Westfield for three and a half weeks, with a joint practice session against the Baltimore Ravens concluding things on Saturday, Aug. 18.
After looking at the offense last week, it’s time for 1070TheFan.com to move on to the defense with our “Burning Questions” for all position groups heading into the 2018 Training Camp.
Here’s a look at the secondary burning questions with Training Camp nearing:
-Will Malik Hooker be ready for Week One?
The other injury watch come Training Camp.
Let’s not diminish the importance of Hooker’s health, solely because his name isn’t Andrew Luck.
Hooker tore his ACL on Oct. 22, 2017, so there’s reason to have concern for his availability come Week 1 (Sept. 9, 2018).
We obviously didn’t see Hooker participating in the spring, although he did progress to some on-field, individual rehab in late May.
It’s difficult to believe Hooker will definitely be 100 percent when camp starts in two weeks. But if Hooker can see practice action in mid-to-late August, that should allow him to knock off some rust before Week One.
Still, it’s no guarantee that Hooker is going to be fully 100 percent for Week One, about 10 and a half months removed from tearing his ACL.
That’s why a guy like Matthias Farley is so important for this secondary.
STAT TO NOTE: Malik Hooker’s 3 interceptions last season were the 4th most for any rookie.
-Is Quincy Wilson the team’s No. 1 cornerback of the future?
Quincy Wilson thinks he is.
But he’s got to prove that after the Colts’ coaching staff had little faith in him last year.
With how the Colts handled the cornerback situation this offseason, they’ve put a lot of trust in Wilson to ascend to that top cornerback.
Pierre Desir, 27, is back on a one-year contract, but he’s battled injuries throughout his career and can’t be viewed as a long-term answer like the 21-year-old Wilson.
In Wilson and Nate Hairston, the Colts could have a couple of nice corners to build around moving forward.
But if Wilson doesn’t show that promise in 2018, corner probably becomes the Colts’ biggest need heading into the 2019 offseason.
STAT TO NOTE: No current cornerback on the roster has started more than 6 games in a single season.
-Will Clayton Geathers earn a second contract?
In terms of former Colts’ draft picks, Clayton Geathers and, I guess, Jack Mewhort are the only somewhat big names in contract years.
Geathers is playing in the final season of the 4-year rookie deal he received after being taken in the 4th round of the draft.
Back in 2015, or even 2016, it would have been a forgone conclusion that Geathers would get a second contract as a much-needed physical presence at the safety position.
But everything changed for Geathers when he suffered a concussion/neck injury in November 2016.
Since then, Geathers has started just 1 game and he enters the 2018 camp having missed all of the spring.
When healthy, Geathers can be such a tone setting presence in a versatile hybrid linebacker/safety role.
But an unfortunate neck injury has his future with the Colts definitely in question.
STAT TO NOTE: At safety, the Colts have invested a trio of picks in top-four round prospects since 2015 (Clayton Geathers-4th round in 2015, T.J. Green-2nd round in 2016, Malik Hooker-1st round in 2017).