Following a promising year in which they finished 11-5 and gave the Buffalo Bills a run for their money on the road in the first round of the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts were rightfully faced with lofty expectations entering the offseason.
The philosophy for how the Indianapolis Colts roster has been built over the last several years has been no secret. General manager Chris Ballard has mentioned time and again that they want to strengthen the roster positionally from the inside, out, and they want to draft, develop, and extend their own players.
The Indianapolis Colts are eyeing a division title after losing to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round, which prompted general manager Chris Ballard to acquire Carson Wentz via trade to shake things up at quarterback.
The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns might be the popular pick to be the biggest "threat" to the Kansas City Chiefs' reign in the AFC, but one ESPN talking head went in a different direction Thursday morning, picking the Indianapolis Colts as the biggest threat to the Chiefs' budding dynasty.
According to ESPN’s Louis Riddick on ‘Get Up’, the Indianapolis Colts are the greatest challenge to the reigning AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs: Now, first and foremost, the Colts still have some major team needs to shore up this up offseason—especially at left tackle and edge rusher respectively.
Now into the fourth month of their offseason, the Indianapolis Colts still have most of the long-term needs that they had when it began. With a flurry of one-year free-agent deals, they've added some temporary band-aids at positions such as left tackle, defensive end, and cornerback, but they almost certainly are not done addressing those areas.
Rival fans might not want to hear it, but the Indianapolis Colts quietly have one of the deepest wide receiving corps in the NFL. While they might not have a proven superstar leading the unit, their four top options are as talented as any quartet out there.
Despite not making splashes in free agency, the Indianapolis Colts seem poised to improve upon last season, when they finished 11-5 and were ultimately eliminated by Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion.
The Indianapolis Colts have been relatively quiet since the offseason began, with the big, bold exception of the Carson Wentz trade. GM Chris Ballard has been patient and methodical in his execution of the Colts' offseason roster-building process. With the NFL draft now only two weeks away, fans still wonder what Ballard will do with pick No.
Fifteen days. In 15 days, there will be no more national mock drafts. For now though, let's all take the time and appreciate the hard work The Athletic's draft expert Dane Brugler put in this year, culminating in his seven-round mock draft, which dropped Wednesday morning (subscription required).
The first draft in the Chris Ballard regime wasn't quite one to write home about for the Indianapolis Colts' general manager. Though he did find guys like Grover Stewart, Marlon Mack and Anthony Walker Jr.
Justin Houston spent the past two seasons as the Colts’ top edge rusher, but the 10-year veteran visited the Ravens on Wednesday. However, the Colts are still in the mix to bring Houston back, according to owner Jim Irsay.
According to team owner Jim Irsay, the Indianapolis Colts are still in play for veteran free agent pass rusher Justin Houston, who is visiting the Baltimore Ravens today: However, should Houston depart, Irsay noted that there are still some other options for the Colts—both through free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft to fill the void.
Much to the dismay of fans, the Indianapolis Colts have spent the better part of free agency spectating from the sidelines while other contenders, even some that made deep playoff runs last season, bolstered their respective rosters.