3 things to watch in the preseason opener – Indianapolis Colts News

3 things to watch in the preseason opener – Indianapolis Colts News


The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions wrap up their second joint practice. Insiders Stephen Holder and David Birkett discuss what to expect on Sunday.
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After 14 days, 11 practices, six days with the pads on and two joint sessions with the Detroit Lions, the Indianapolis Colts will open the 2017 preseason at home Sunday.

Here’s what to watch for as they face the Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium (TV: Fox59, Radio: WFNI-AM (1070)):

1. How does Scott Tolzien look?

In the event Andrew Luck isn’t ready — the Colts, as of this week, still intend to bring the star QB off the physically unable to perform list sometime during the preseason — this will be Tolzien’s show. He hasn’t exactly lit it up during training camp thus far. “Hot and cold,” he called it Friday.

Frankly, it’s been more cold.


The Colts’ offense struggled to move the ball against the Lions on Thursday and Friday, and Tolzien’s only attempts deep were easily broken up. That’s not to say training camp is the truest barometer of how a passer will play once the lights go on — Matt Hasselbeck was spotty in preseason duty in 2015, then won his first four starts — but how Tolzien fares with the first-team offense early Sunday will go a long way in either calming or intensifying…

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