The big thing that stands out again is the Colts improving defense, in particular rookie linebacker Caesar Rayford. His size for one thing is massive for a linebacker at 6-7, 265 pounds. In the locker room he confessed he now weighs 275 and is getting bigger.
“I’m just going to go out there and work. Like I said, I’m going to play every play like it’s my last,” Rayford stated after the game.
I’m sure Rayford doesn’t have to worry about the cut the NFL has to make by Tuesday, down to 75 players from 90, as he leads the NFL preseason with five sacks.
The only downside was that offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo left the game with an MCL sprain. Not only is Castonzo a starting lineman but he’s also his blindside at left tackle, one you want to be secure. Castonzo’s backup, Joe Reitz, should be up to the task as its only temporary. Reitz stated after practice Monday, “We preach ‘next man up’ around here. It’s a philosophy the whole team’s had. You always hate to see anybody get injured, especially AC (Anthony Castonzo), he’s such a great guy. Happy to hear it’s not too serious.”
The Colts’ next and last preseason game is Thursday at Cincinnati with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Ed Nason is a Colts columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the sports department at 574-732-5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.