Coltzilla’s Travis Tango is in regular contact with folks from around the league who can provide insight into Colts free agent signings. When the team added Josh Beekman, a guard who formerly played with the Chicago Bears, few fans were really familiar with him. Travis set out to get some answers.
Lester Wiltfong at WindyCityGridiron.com had the following things to say about Beekman and how he could be used in Indianapolis:
Josh Beekman was the supposed, “center of the future”, all three years he was in Chicago, then he was cut before the 2010 season. I never saw enough from him to think he’d take over from Olin Kreutz, but I thought he could be a solid swing interior player, playing guard and center. His second year in the league he started all 16 games at left guard, and was serviceable, but he didn’t have the brute strength to get much movement. If his strength is improved, his technique was always pretty good, he could be a good pickup.
Beekman is 6-foot 2-inches tall and 310 pounds, which make him bigger than the Colts are used to having on the offensive line. Although fans are certainly tired of seeing guys on the line that lack the strength to get movement for the running game, any technician has the chance of being valuable depth behind the starters. The biggest black flag about Beekman, other than that he was unable to sign with an NFL team after his release in 2010, is that it is rumored he didn’t even start with that the UFL’s Florida Tuskers.
Thanks to WindyCityGridiron.com and Lester Wiltfong for taking the time to share their thoughts with us.