Colts offseason Report
Colts Offseason Report
After what was a miserable year for the Colts last year, they have rebounded this offseason with many draft picks and a very busy free agent period with several signings, several misses and a busy trading period. When the dust cleared the Colts look like a brand new team, they still have a few holes and one big hole but over all this team should be in contention for the post season when it is all said and done. Now lets take a look position by position of the 2011/2012 Colts.
QB Here is the one big hole for the Colts right now. They drafted Jake Locker out of Washington and were hoping to land a vet to help tutor him. But when the dust cleared either the asking price was out of this world for a starting QB or the cost during FA was just to much to sign an average QB. So the Colts have decided they are going to give the reigns to Locker and find out what he is made of.
RB/FB - This is another area where the Colts really wanted to bolster this offseason, they took the best RB in the draft in Mark Ingram and then went after 3-4 big named running backs in FA and during the trade period. However both big young RBs in FA were matched by other teams and the price tag was either to high or the RB was just not on the block so the Colts decided to just let Ingram be their starting RB this year. They also have Vet Mike Karney to lead the way for Ingram at the FB position.
WR The colts added 3 WR to their roster this year and the group looks young but very good. They also added vet TJ Houshmandzadeh to the mix to help out the youngsters. They also drafted Greg Salas and Titus Young to help round out the rotation. They most likely all will see playing time this year, but the headliner for the WR is 2nd year player Dez Bryant who is going to be their big time play maker.
TE The Colts traded away their best TE in the offseason in a deal that they just got a lot more value than what he was worth, so they will be going into the offseason with some unknowns at this position, fighting for the starting spot will be Daniel Fells, Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker.
Offensive Line While this was by far the best position for the Colts last offseason, they went out and made it even better in the offseason. The headliner was signing Carl Nicks away from the falcons, Nicks can come in and play either G or T for the Colts and will instantly make this unit better than last year. They also signed vet Casey Wiegmann to man the C position and also added rookie Stefan Wisniewski to help back up at the center position, but rumor has it he has been so impressive in preseason he might be looking for playing time elsewhere on the line. However as good as this unit can be, there is an issue with depth as they dont have a whole lot, so any injury could be devastating.
Defensive Line This unit was just flat out bad for the Colts last year with only one bright spot in Charles Johnson who was a FA. However the Colts were able to retain his rights to help build this into a good unit. The Colts also went out and traded for Casey Hampton and Jason Babin, along with drafting Marcell Dareus who will be an instant impact at the DT position, Aldon Smith who has been going back and forth between DE and LB and then Karl Klug who has a motor like no other. This could be an impressive unit if they are able to gel together.
Linebackers This was another position the Colts made huge improvements on this offseason, first they drafted Brooks Reed in hopes he can be a huge pass rusher off the edge, then they traded for the main man at LB in James Farrior. After that the Colts struck out big in FA as every LB they went after seemed in the end to get way over paid so in the end they had to step away from their top 4 targets in FA. However they we also able to retain vet Keith Bulluck and trade for Bradie James and Keith Rivers who will be huge impact once he gets back from his offseason surgery.
Secondary The Colts secondary could be very good and very scary this year. They drafted several rookies who they figured would come in and see playing time right away and do a good job of it. However once trading opened up they improved this position a lot by bringing in one of top CB in Charles Woodson and then also trading for OJ Atogwe, then on top of that they sign FA Chris Gamble. Over all this could very well be the best unit on the field for the Colts.
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