If Godwin can deliver this spring, he should be on track to start stealing most of Humphries’ snaps—and perhaps some of Jackson’s—come September.
Offseason practices aren’t supposed to be physical, so it’s difficult to get a feel for the effectiveness of those who work in the trenches. But when the Indianapolis Colts start OTAs next week, those in attendance will be closely monitoring third-year center Ryan Kelly.
After all, the 2016 first-round pick will be trying to prove that he’s physically OK after a broken foot and lingering symptoms from a concussion derailed his sophomore NFL season.
Two years ago, the Colts hoped Kelly could bring some much-needed stability to an oft-maligned offensive line, and he got off to a good start by playing more than 1,000 snaps without missing a start as a rookie. According to Pro Football Focus, he didn’t surrender a single sack that year.
With 2017 regulars Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe now gone, McKinley should have a chance to earn an even larger role.
It’ll help if he’s able to bounce back from early-offseason shoulder surgery in time to make a strong impact when the Falcons kick off OTAs on Monday.
Head coach Hue Jackson is their attempt to establish something even remotely along the lines of stability and synergy — and he’s posted a 1-31 record over the past two seasons. Many thought he would be fired this past offseason, but the Browns are taking one last grasp at keeping this crew together before they hit the big red button, which presumably is prominently featured on Jimmy Haslam’s desk with the words “FIRE COACH” on it.
Jackson is an interesting character himself, and seeing him either rise to the occasion in what is a make-or-break year or completely fall apart would make for good viewing.
We don’t want him to fail for our amusement, though it should be fascinating to see if any of that dysfunction will appear on the show. Surely, there will be plenty of it to film, but whether or not it makes it past editing is the real question.
At the end of the the 2016 season, Jackson promised that the team would not be 1-15 again.
“No. I’ll be swimming in that lake [Erie] over there somewhere. That’s not happening,” Jackson said.