Saturday, October 27, 2012
Castonzo growing into a Colts cornerstone
By Paul Kuharsky
The hope is that the most recent first-round pick of the old regime and the guys running a new regime mesh.
When they don’t, it’s a personnel setback in a situation usually rife with personnel setbacks.
For left tackle Anthony Castonzo and the Colts, everyone seems happy.
There is a lot of work for Indianapolis to do on the offensive line that works in front of Andrew Luck. But at the most important spot, the team seems set with a bright second-year guy who’s game is steadily getting better and who’s been growing as a leader, too.
“Definitely, he has,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Samson Satele, he’s more of the veteran, and Mike McGlynn, are the vocal guys. But Anthony, he does it by play, and he’ll jump in there and give it everything he’s got when he needs to. He was captain last week, and did a heck of a job for us. I’m really pleased with where he’s at.”
A smart friend of mine said he thinks Castonzo can be for Indianapolis what Duane Brown has been for the Texans -- a guy that grows into a big-time player at the position and allows the team to fill in a line around him. The Colts will be thrilled if that’s the case.
At times, Castonzo’s second season has seemed like Top Pass Rushers 101. He’s seen Chicago’s Julius Peppers, Minnesota’s Jared Allen and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews.
Sunday he’ll work mostly against Kamerion Wimbley, the Titans' big free-agent defensive line addition who has not played up to expectations so far.
“He’s an athletic tackle, he’s got all the tools: size, strength,” Wimbley said. “He’s going to be a tough opponent. I’ll have to bring my 'A' game.”