Mailbag Part II: Interesting games in 2014

June, 22, 2014
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Mike Wells: There are quite a few of them. Denver. Luck vs. Peyton Part II. Philadelphia. A first-hand look at Chip Kelly's offense. New England. Can Luck finally solve Bill Belichick? Washington. I met Skip Bayless for the first time while in Bristol in March. First thing he said to me was how he still liked RG III over Luck. Wells: You can't count out Ahmad Bradshaw based off how he played in his brief time on the field before getting injured last season. ESPN NFL Insider Jim Trotter had an interesting nugget recently. He wrote on Twitter that Trent Richardson, according to coaches, is relying more on his instincts when running instead of thinking it through and he has a chance to be a "three-down player." I'd say at this point -- and mind you, so much can change over the next few months -- that you have to think Richardson and Bradshaw are the frontrunners. Wells: The outside linebacker position is simply Bjoern Werner's to lose. Play well and the starting position is his. Struggle and it'll be open competition for Robert Mathis' spot during his absence. You can't really get a good indication on how a player looks based off drills where they're not wearing pads or going full speed. A better indicator will be once the pads go on in training camp. Wells: Donte Moncrief will be given the opportunity to be the Colts' fourth receiver, but don't be surprised if he's not a major contributor next season. Here's what offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton had to say about Moncrief during minicamp. "He is big, fast and smart. He has the tools to be a legitimate down the field threat. He's been working his tail off with [receivers] coach [Charlie] Williams to learn the offense and more importantly, develop continuity with our quarterback. He's done some good things over the course of the offseason program and expect that he'll pick up where he leaves off in training camp." Wells: I have Denver as the best team in the AFC on paper. And after that? It's a tossup. It could be the Colts. Or New England. Maybe Cincinnati or Baltimore. It's clearly San Francisco and Seattle as the best teams in the NFC. The same can't be said about who the top teams in the AFC are. It's pretty wide open.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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