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The Indianapolis Colts are planning to add another veteran to their offensive line mix. The team intends to sign former Panthers guard Chris Reed, pending a physical, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Reed, who will be 29 at the start of the 2021 season, started 14 games at guard for Carolina. He entered the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his six-year career, Reed has played in 47 games with 23 starts.
The NFL Network reported the signing first.
Last season was Reed’s first extended chance to start, and according to Pro Football Focus, was responsible just one sack allowed in 892 snaps. Reed battled through a bout with COVID-19 early in the 2020 season that caused him to miss the first two games of the year.
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Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis (94) battles with Carolina Panthers offensive guard Chris Reed (64) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 38-6. (Photo: Doug McSchooler/for IndyStar)
With Quenton Nelson and Mark Glowinski set to start at left and right guard, respectively, for the Colts, Reed would come to Indianapolis as more solid depth along the offensive line for a team that has added a lot of it recently.
Reed’s signing will come on the heels of the return of interior lineman Joey Hunt as well as the additions of tackles Sam Tevi and Julién Davenport. Reed will join Hunt, 2020 rookie Danny Pinter and Jake Eldrenkamp as the top interior linemen behind Nelson, Glowinski and starting center Ryan Kelly.
“When we started having all the injuries on the O-line, we’ve got to make sure we’re prepared for it,” Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said in January. “I’m obsessed with depth.”
Undoubtedly, after a season where the offensive line, particularly the tackles, dealt with a plethora of injuries, the Colts are making sure they are prepared for a similar situation in 2021.
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