NFL teams are in the midst of training camp and the preseason has begun. What do we expect from the Indianapolis Colts in 2017?

It’s safe to say we’re not shy when it comes to getting you ready for the upcoming NFL season. Since March, we have strung together four different series in preparation for the fall. We recently concluded looking at all 32 teams’ most improved area. That was preceded by pieces on a club’s best offseason addition, some facts, figures and feats for each squad, as well as an up-and-coming player for each roster.

So call this one for the thumb. With the regular-season rapidly approaching, we’ll take a look at what we could expect from each team. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. However, 31 teams will obviously be disappointed. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis. You can play catch up right here. So what are we really expecting from the Indianapolis Colts in 2017?

On Sunday afternoon, the Indianapolis Colts trailed the Detroit Lions at halftime, 17-3. Chuck Pagano’s team was on its way to a 24-10 loss. But the real question mark here is what will the rest of the team look like when quarterback Andrew Luck is back behind center? Once he returns, the offense will hopefully be its usual productive self. Then again, there could be some early hiccups.

Defensively, the Colts may be in better shape than in recent seasons. The draft brought six defensive players, including safety Malik Hooker (1-Ohio State) and a pair of cornerbacks in Quincy Wilson (2-Florida) and Nate Hairston (5-Temple). Free agency netted outside linebackers Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and underrated John Simon – the latter from the division-rival Houston Texans. And new general manager Chris Ballard hauled in defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (New York Giants) to plug the middle.

Summation:

In terms of the positives, the Indianapolis Colts did a lot of work over the past few months revamping the defense. But just how long will Luck be sidelined? And once he returns, how long will it take him to get back into rhythm? What we do know (via Tricia Whitaker of CBS4 Indy) is that the former Pro Bowler is throwing the football. But perhaps the one thing that now hurts Chuck Pagano’s team the most is the fact that the rest of the AFC South is very much on the rise. Meanwhile, the Colts seemed to be putting themselves back together again. Yes, the defense will finally be better. But after three consecutive 11-5 showings from 2012-14, don’t be stunned if this team is no better than 8-8…again.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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