Ryan Kelly looking forward to second NFL season at center of Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line – Indianapolis Colts News

Ryan Kelly looking forward to second NFL season at center of Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line – Indianapolis Colts News

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck got sacked 41 times in 15 games during the 2016 NFL season.

That’s not going to happen in 2017, Colts owner Jim Irsay told a gathering of Indianapolis fans last month.

“Let me say this: The offensive line is fixed,” Irsay said. “I’m telling you guys: The offensive line’s fixed, OK? I’ll let a secret out of the bag. The reason I tell you it’s fixed is (former Colts offensive-line coach) Howard Mudd told me it’s fixed. If Howard Mudd told me it’s fixed, trust me, it’s fixed.

“We’ve worked hard to bring in the right type of players. We’re ready to run the football, to protect Andrew.”

One of the players brought in by the Colts for the offensive line was their 2016 first-round draft choice – center Ryan Kelly from Alabama.

Kelly said “the sky’s the limit” for the Indianapolis offensive line in his second NFL season.

The Colts are expecting two other players from last year’s draft to be regulars in the offensive line this season with Joe Haeg, a fifth-round pick from North Dakota State at right guard, and Le’Raven Clark, a third-round pick from Texas Tech, at right tackle. Anthony Castonzo is entering his seventh season as Indianapolis’ left tackle, and left guard Jack Mewhort is heading into his fourth NFL season.

“I think as we looked into OTAs and where we started at to where we finished minicamp, I think we’re light years from where we were before,” Kelly said. “And we’re just a closer unit. Obviously, we have some guys that were nicked up and injured and all that kind of stuff. But the closer overall we’re going to be, the better off we’ll be. Like I said before, us…

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