PENDLETON, Ind. —
2. The running game
Pagano and Arians repeatedly have stated they want to have a power rushing attack to help take some of the load off of Luck’s shoulders.
Much of that, of course, will be the responsibility of the six running backs currently on the training camp roster — Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Vick Ballard, Mewelde Moore, Darren Evans and Deji Karim.
But much of the credit or blame will fall to an offensive line that’s likely to have at least three new starters. Anthony Castonzo returns at left tackle, and Joe Reitz is competing to keep his job at left guard.
The three new starters are likely to be center Samson Satele, right tackle Winston Justice and right guard Mike McGlynn. They’ve earned praise from the coaches in camp, but they know the real tests are yet to come.
“I want to see how we compete against someone else other than ourselves,” Justice said. “I’m kind of excited to hit someone new. I feel like this group has a lot to prove. So I’m excited.”
3. The cornerback search
Jerraud Powers is a very solid bet to start at the right cornerback position. But the spot opposite him appears to be anyone’s for the taking.
Justin King has been seeing plenty of first-team work, but Cassius Vaughn is listed as the starting left corner on the depth chart released Tuesday.
Those two, in some order, figure to start on the left side and as the nickelback against the Rams. The list of those competing for playing time behind them is long.
Purdue graduate Brandon King had three interceptions during practices this week, and rookie Cam Chism made a nice pick against backup quarterback Drew Stanton on Friday. Others in the mix include Terrence Johnson, Korey Lindsey and D.J. Johnson.
The fact remains the eventual starter might not currently be on the roster.
Speaking Friday in non-specific terms, general manager Ryan Grigson said he’s always on the lookout for new talent.
“I will always explore anything that makes us better,” he said. “I think my actions speak to that.”