Here's Part II of the Colts' Weekend Mailbag.
@MikeWellsNFL How is Robert Mathis recovering from achilles injury? Expect return to form?
— Jeff Wheatley (@jeff_wheatley) February 12, 2015
Mike Wells: I was told Robert Mathis didn't re-tear his Achilles (there were some rumors about that), but he did suffer a slight setback. The road to recovery for him is a long one because he's no longer in his mid-20's. Mathis will be 34 years old on Feb. 26. Some have mentioned how Baltimore's Terrell Suggs was able to recover quickly from his torn Achilles. Suggs tore his in April 2012 and was back on the field by Oct. 21 of that same year. ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said Suggs wasn't back to his explosive ways until the following season. Suggs was also only 29 years old when he suffered the injury. It's unknown what type of player Mathis will be once he returns to the field for the Colts.
@MikeWellsNFL How realistic is Landon Collins at No. 29 for the colts.
— iamkickz007 (@iamkickz007) February 12, 2015
Wells: Most mock drafts have Landon Collins off the board by the time the Colts pick at No. 29. They'll likely have to move up to select him. Collins, according to the draft experts, is the best all-around safety in the draft.
— Ryan Bond (@TitaniumRanger6) February 12, 2015
Wells: So much depends on which player is available when they select because they can go several different ways with that first pick. They need help at safety, defensive lineman, offensive lineman and in the pass-rushing department. I'd be shocked if the Colts picked a running back or receiver in the first round.
@MikeWellsNFL With Landry cut do the Colts go after a free agent safety like Devin McCourty or try and fill that position through the draft?
— TreeDemoil (@LockeDrachier15) February 12, 2015
Wells: I can see them signing a veteran and pairing him up with a young player because they have to find two starting safeties. And when I say young, I don't necessarily mean a rookie, but rather a player who has played a couple of years in the NFL, but still is young in age. The Colts are trying to take a step defensively to close the gap between that unit and the offense, so having players with experience at safety would play a part in helping the unit improve.