The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of a first-round exit in the playoffs as they lost to the Buffalo Bills. In the offseason, the Colts made tons of changes to retool the roster. These moves have put the roster in a position to make another playoff run.
After the season Colts quarterback, Phillip Rivers retired leaving that position in question. The Colts were quick to address this and traded for Carson Wentz. Wentz has dealt with injuries but is a good quarterback when healthy. He needed a new situation and could revitalize his career with the Colts.
In the draft, the Colts upgraded the defensive line for the future. They selected defensive end, Kwity Paye, in the first round and defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo in the second round. Building a great defensive line will help the Colts slow down opposing quarterbacks. The AFC is loaded with talented offenses and quarterbacks including Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen.
Building a great defense will be very beneficial for the Colts to stop these quarterbacks.
While these additions are great the Colts have 2 hidden gems on the roster.
Two (2) Colts Hidden Gems:
2. Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin
Rock Ya-Sin is entering his third season and has great potential. Although he hasn’t had the best first couple of seasons, Ya-Sin is still primed to be a good player. He has great abilities including being solid in run support. Most cornerbacks struggle in the run game but Ya-Sin is great at defending the run.
He is also a very versatile cornerback. Ya-Sin can play press coverage or off-man which allows him to fit into different coverages.
Look for Ya-Sin to take a jump in the 2021 season and make a big impact in the secondary.
1. Wide receiver Zach Pascal
The Colts don’t have a great receiving core but they have some solid players. Zach Pascal is one of those players and very underrated. Pascal won’t be the top receiver for the team but he will be an important one. Last season Pascal had 629 yards and 5 touchdowns. While these numbers aren’t great, they are solid and he has a ton of room to improve.
He is great at stacking against defensive backs on deep balls and has great awareness on the field. Although Pascal doesn’t have the elite speed of other receivers, he makes up for it with the rest of his game.
Look for Pascal to be an important part of the Colts’ offense next season.
The Colts’ road ahead
The Colts are primed for another playoff berth this season and could make a deep run. They went 11-5 last season and narrowly lost the division to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans and Colts had the same record but the Titans held the tiebreaker. It will be another tough fight for the division as the Titans improved their team a ton in the offseason. The most notable of those additions was superstar wide receiver, Julio Jones. It will be tough but the Colts have the talent to win the division.
If the Colts are going to make a run it will have to behind their defense. They have elite young talent on the defensive end led by linebacker Darius Leonard.
If the defense can be top 5 in the league and the offense in the top half of the league, then the team would have a shot at a deep playoff run.