Colts Notes: O-Line, Carter, Mathis

Let’s touch on some Colts news as the week winds down.

  • When the Colts reconvene in just more than two weeks for OTAs, Khaled Holmes will get the first crack at the starting center spot, writes Kevin Bowen for Holmes started the Colts’ final two regular-season games and each of their three playoff contests despite only seeing action in five regular-season games last year, with the fourth-rounder holding his own in his crunch-time cameos. Indianapolis, which went through three centers last year and lost one in A.Q. Shipley to the Cardinals, will use Jonotthan Harrison (10 games as a starter last season) as the primary competition for Holmes — a 2013 fourth-rounder.
  • Bowen does not see CFL signee Duron Carter pushing potential breakout performer Donte Moncrief for snaps this season despite the southbound prospect’s 6-foot-5, 209-pound frame and solid Canadian numbers. But Bowen adds Carter is a prospect that could play a role down the line, although Andre Johnson‘s arrival will make it difficult for regular snaps in 2015.
  • Robert Mathis conceded his rehab from the season-ending Achilles ailment isn’t going as well as he’d hoped, per an interview with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian on SiriusXM Radio (audio link).
  • The free agency exits of Cory Redding and Ricky Jean-Francois vacate spots for younger talents, with Montori Hughes and Zach Kerr looking like the primary beneficiaries as of now, reports Bowen. Although with Kendall Langford (112 straight starts) signing and Arthur Jones due back from injury, the duo may still be relegated to backup responsibilities but could serve as key depth pieces.
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