Since Saturday night’s matchup with the Browns will be the third preseason game, look for Indianapolis’ offensive and defensive starters to get maximum playing time.
“Normally, what you’d like to do is play a half, go in, make your adjustments and come out and play a series in that third quarter. Again, depending on how many plays we play is to be determined, how we handle that situation. We always take it case-by-case,” Pagano explained.
“If we got a veteran guy that is over a number that we’ve deemed from a play-count standpoint before the half, then we likely get a guy out. A guy like [defensive end] Cory [Redding], a guy like [wide receiver] Reggie [Wayne] those type of guys that have got enough snaps under their belt. Typically, go in [at halftime], make your adjustments, come out, play a series in the third quarter and start to make substitutions from there.”
A few veteran players who have battled injuries during training camp — such as inside linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) and strong safety LaRon Landry (knee) — might see their first playing time of the preseason.
Another veteran free agent pickup, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, is not expected to suit up, although that decision could change later this week.
“In a perfect world, that’d be great. But [Bradshaw] is a veteran. He is a pro. He understands what it takes to be ready once the season opener hits on [Sept. 8 against Oakland]. If we get that, that’s a bonus. If not, I’m not worried about it,” Pagano said.