Colts general manager Ryan Grigson covered a lot of ground during this week's NFL owners meetings, talking about some of the team's notable recent acquisitions as well as some of its most important returners. But, in between all that, Grigson turned his attention to some lesser-known players, including a guard named Lance Louis. If you responded to that line by saying, "Who," it's forgivable. Louis, 28, joined the Colts in January as a so-called futures signing, which means he wasn't under contract with a team at the end of the season. Those are the kinds of signings that get a single line in the newspaper, if that. They are not considered big news. But Louis, perhaps, deserved a little more attention given the way Grigson talked about him this week. Understand that everything here is based on Louis' play before a serious knee injury in 2012 that basically rendered him ineffective last season. But none of the following should be ignored. "A guy like Lance Louis, I felt he was better than those (free agents) who are out there right now," Grigson said. "He was a guy who two years ago started for the Bears." Then Grigson recalled how he first became aware of Louis in 2012 . "I was sitting watching the Bears (on tape) with Tom Telesco when we were preparing for them," Grigson said. "I look at the tape and I said, 'Who's No. 60?' I look him up in the system and the guy ran a 4.72 (40-yard dash) at 309 (pounds) coming out of San Diego State. He was faster than some of the receivers who are going to go in the second round this year. "So, we're watching that and we're thinking, in free agency, this guy is going to break the bank because he's the best player on their line. He gets his knee blown out and things change. We stayed on him all (last) year and the knee's fine now and we have him here for two years. Hopefully he gets back to that level of play where he's a good starter. He's a guy who is completely off the radar who we're optimistic about." Louis, it appears, couldn't return to form last season coming off the ACL tear. That's not surprising given the nature of that injury. But what if he's improved physically? The Colts should have, at minimum, a viable option for depth on their offensive line. Grigson, it seems, expects more, saying that he thinks he can compete for a starting job.
Colts have high hopes for new guard Lance Louis
Indianapolis Star | Mar 29