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Mailbag: Should Colts pursue Incognito?

Here's this weekend's Indianapolis Colts Mailbag:

Wells: Richie Incognito's talent level can't be questioned. But I'd be shocked if the Colts took a shot at him because they can't afford to have a player like Incognito inside the locker room. The Colts are a close group. Incognito's attitude wouldn't fit in with them. There's a reason why training camp is two weeks old and Incognito is still unemployed despite some teams dealing with injuries.

Wells: Henoc Muamba made a pretty good first impression against the Jets, finishing with 11 tackles. The former Canadian League Football standout knows how to find the ball. Muamba finds himself in tough competition for backup snaps at middle linebacker. He's competing with Kelvin Sheppard, Josh McNary and rookie Andrew Jackson.

Wells: The stats don't scream success, but Bjoern Werner was solid starting in place of Robert Mathis against the Jets. He was able to put pressure on the quarterback. Now he needs to be able to get sacks, the same way Mathis did last season when he led the league in that category with 19.5. "It was a solid performance but you can always do better," Werner said. "It was the first time out there. It was a lot of fun just seeing different bodies and finally just getting some normal football. You can actually hit the quarterback and the running back so it was a lot of fun. Like I said, you can always do better so next game is going to be better." As far as Erick Walden goes, the Colts badly need him to step up and provide some kind of pass rush not only while Mathis is out, but for the entire season. Werner would have to produce on a regular basis first before the Colts would even think about making a lineup switch once Mathis returns.

Wells: Ryan Grigson, like many around the league, is always looking to make a move. He stays glued to his phone. The Colts went out and signed center Thomas Austin late Friday night. He spent some time with the Colts last season. Austin's signing is yet another sign that Khaled Holmes will miss an uncertain amount of time because of his ankle.

Wells: I don't see him making the 53-man roster, but I definitely see him being a practice squad player for the Colts. Being on the practice squad will allow Erik Swoope to continue to learn the game. Here's what coach Chuck Pagano recently said about the rookie out of the University of Miami. "For a guy who never played the game, he's picked it up extremely fast. You see the talent level out there on the football field, the athleticism, the catch radius, the hands. Going up and rebounding and doing all that stuff, obviously the ball skills are there and he's been doing things like that. His biggest challenge is going to come in the run game. Getting stronger, getting bigger, adding weight and then being able to be a complete tight end."

Wells: I was impressed with Trent Richardson against the Jets. He gained almost nine yards on his first carry. Richardson and the run game didn't struggle until they got into the red zone and Jonotthan Harrison had taken over at center for Holmes. Richardson may never live up to being the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, but I think he's going to have a productive season as long as the offensive line finds a way to come together despite all the injuries.