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How Will The Colts Try And Replace Julian Blackmon? Intro: The Colts were back on the practice field Friday. What were my takeaways from the fourth day in full pads? Kevin Bowen INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have lost one of their most important players to a season-ending Achilles injury. During Wednesday’s practice, second-year safety Julian Blackmon tore his Achilles, which will end his 2021 season. That injury is a brutal one for Blackmon, and the Colts. In Blackmon, the Colts have a player this staff gushes over. They love his versatility, professionalism and the steadiness he’s brought to the free safety spot. Since making his NFL debut in Week Two of the 2020 season (after recovering from a torn ACL in 10 months), Blackmon has been a mainstay for the Colts, showing playmaking that isn’t always a given from a player typically in that FS role. Blackmon has made plays at every level of the defense, offering a sound and consistence safety alongside Khari Willis. As a rookie, Blackmon finished the season playing the second most defensive snaps of any Colts defender. In 2021, the 376 snaps by Blackmon are the second most defensively (Bobby Okereke has played 381). What do the Colts think of Blackmon? Think back to this off-season comment from Chris Ballard. “I think Blackmon is special,” the GM said. “He’s got All-Pro talent. We are expecting him to take another step.” Like the Ravens have already felt, the Colts will have to turn to some depth to replace one of their more key players. And have to do it at a position where depth was always a concern. Options behind Blackmon aren’t obvious. George Odum (3 career starts) and Andrew Sendejo (77 career starts) are on the 53-man roster. On Wednesday, prior to Blackmon’s injury, the Colts signed veteran S-Josh Jones, who actually started 13 games for the Jacksonville last season and is a 2017 second-round pick. Jones was cut by the Jaguars, and their new coaching staff, following the end to the 2021 preseason. If those are hoping for the Colts to find a Mike Adams or Mike Mitchell-type free agent signing, some options on the open market include Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston and Karl Joseph. No matter how the Colts best decide to replace Blackmon, they are losing a player that helps this coaching staff sleep better at night. “I remember with Julian last year, he had the knee issue and he was going through all of that and also we put him in drills and I’m standing there next to (safeties coach) Alan Williams and we have him side by side with the corners and we’re doing the break drills, the movement drills that DBs do, and we were looking at each other like ‘Oh my gosh, this guy is as good as a corner. He’s moving as quick and as fast as a corner,’” Matt Eberflus recalled this offseason. “We knew right then he had that special quickness because you could see that on tape he had the ball skills and he was a ballhawk type of guy. So, he proved that. We just noticed his quickness right away.” Now, that presence as the final line of defense, with the ability to move around and make plays in other spots, will no longer be a part of the Colts defense in 2021. Ballard on Blackmon. Durable, sound, solid. Snap counts. Plays at every level Big communicator Love how he’s wired Comign back from the ACL 23 years old, 3rd round pick Playmking as a rookie -CB instincts playing safety, coverage habits 376 snaps, tied for the 2nd most (Bobby Okereke) George Odum, Andrew Sendejo…looking for options, Josh Jones (13 starts in Jacksonville) former 2nd rounder 2nd most snaps as a rookie Can you find a Mike Mitchell a Mike Adams? Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston, Karl Joseph, Sean Davis (camp with the Colts)…Rolan Miligan…5th round pick Shawn Davis Hasn’t missed a game in his career since he made his debut in Week 2 of 2020 https://www.1075thefan.com/kevins-sports-news/colts/colts-love-safety-duo-julian-blackmon-khari-willis/ “I think (Julian) Blackmon is special. He’s got All-Pro talent. We are expecting him to take another step.” “I remember with Julian last year, he had the knee issue and he was going through all of that and also we put him in drills and I’m standing there next to (safeties coach) Alan Williams and we have him side by side with the corners and we’re doing the break drills, the movement drills that DBs do, and we were looking at each other like ‘Oh my gosh, this guy is as good as a corner. He’s moving as quick and as fast as a corner,’” Matt Eberflus recalls. “We knew right then he had that special quickness because you could see that on tape he had the ball skills and he was a ballhawk type of guy. So, he proved that. We just noticed his quickness right away.” IR: Campbell, that’s it…Braden 5 games…nothing crazy Baltimore: JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards, Marcus Peters, Ronnie Stnaley Titans: Farley, Jayon Brown, Krisitan Fulton Eason -Geno -History there, character, etc -Injury at QB -Jake Luton former draft pick, Etling on PS -Had an open roster spot UPDATE INJURY REPORT Bosa and Ford maybe the best edge duo yet John McClain with the Texans, Dolphins could have Deshaun Watson deal done this week

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