Rookie Josh Downs starts alongside Colts' first-team Thursday
What it means:
The Indianapolis Colts has Josh Downs on the field for the first snap of Thursday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Downs has had a quiet but solid preseason so far and has now leveraged his solid play into an apparent starting role in Indy's offense. He joined the team's starters for the first snap of Thursday's game, playing alongside players like Anthony Richardson and Michael Pittman. Downs caught over 90 passes for over 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons at UNC, operating as both a chain-mover and as a deep threat. The Colts invested a third-round pick in him in the 2023 NFL Draft, meaning they could have high expectations for him as a rookie this season.