Slot Receiver – ERIC BLEDSOE
Again, quickness takes the cake. We’re mostly running Bledsoe across the middle to help move the chains but he’s sure to break a couple big plays with enough touches. 6’1” may be a bit over-sized for a typical NFL slot receiver, but Bledsoe’s got the speed to play like he’s 5’10,” while his extra height allows him to grab hold of more passes from Clippers teammate CP3.
Tight End – LEBRON JAMES
The potential here is ridiculous. LeBron would be one of the league’s tallest tight ends with the agility of the league’s smallest. Whether he’s tough enough to take the constant hits from linebackers is the main question, but we’re going to send him out in the flat quite often, hoping he gets matched up against far smaller cornerbacks. And I’m thinking LeBron will be one of our top red-zone threats, so CP is going to be looking his way a lot.
OTs – KENDRICK PERKINS and DEMARCUS COUSINS
As two of the league’s favorite bad boys, Perkins and Cousins might struggle to keep up with faster defensive ends, but what they lack in speed, they make up for in size. The hot-headed Cousins has gotten in trouble a couple times in the NBA, but we’re hoping he’ll take a lot of that anger out by beating up on Robert Mathis or whoever Indy sends his way. And Perkins doesn’t back down to anybody, so bring your best…
Guards – NENE and BRANDON BASS
Both around 250 pounds, Nene and Bass have the same shortcomings as our OTs, but we like them here because of the speed advantages they’ll have on most defensive tackles. At 6’8”, Brandon Bass is used to being matched up with bigger players, usually playing the power forward position but sometimes filling in at center. He’s a good teammate and is willing to fill any role to help his team. Nene, meanwhile, is always a bit of a wildcard with his temperament, sometimes a selfish and frustrated player. But he makes great use of his broad frame to box-out opposing players on the court and I think he’d be able to capably protect his QB from defensive rushes.
Center – GLEN DAVIS
The trustworthy Davis is a great competitor who is never afraid to make things dirty. His career average of 1.0 turnovers per game (22 minutes per) demonstrates his reliable hands and reluctance to give the ball away. He and CP3 will develop a perfect rhythm to help lead the team.
Kick/Punt Returner: NATE ROBINSON
The NBA’s version of the human joystick may not be as agile and shifty as the great Dante Hall, but the 5’9” combo guard has made a career out of making defenders miss, creating enough space to release his notoriously inconsistent jump shot. He won’t take any returns the distance against Indy, but he’ll provide solid starting field position throughout the game.
Kicker/Punter: STEVE NASH
This one’s a no-brainer. We’ve seen Nash on the soccer fields and even rainbow-ing alley-oops to Amare so I don’t think there’s any reason to think Nash wouldn’t be able to tackle the job of kicker and punter. I’ll trust the savvy veteran with anything under 40 yards, and wouldn’t be surprised if he can hit consistently from even further out.