Just when you thought the Colts only added one offensive weapons to Andrew Luck’s arsenal, enter not only wideout Hakeem Nicks, but also injured tight end Dwayne Allen. The rookie standout got injured last season, much of their success came in dual tight end formations. Coby Fleener, both selected in the 2012 draft, got extra playing time while speedster T.Y. Hilton made some noise after Reggie Wayne went down. Not to be forgotten, is the backfield tandem between Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. If Richardson can assert himself and Bradshaw stays healthy enough to play, Luck’s success as a runner is a dangerous last option. Here’s the thing, the line should get some attention in the draft but they do have the quarterback to overcompensate and make the offense go.
Defensively they landed D’Qwell Jackson, pairing the elite veteran with Jarrell Freeman. This should form a nice, quiet combination as inside linebackers in a 3-4 defense with Robert Mathis harassing off the edge. In the secondary they let Antoine Bethea go, kept Vontae Davis around with Laron Landry, and took Arthur Jones away from the Ravens. Coach Chuck Pagano used his ties to lure the defensive end, as he was formerly Baltimore’s defensive coordinator. This improved unit would benefit from another lineman and safety.
They grabbed a hold of the AFC South after knocking on the doorstep a couple seasons ago. After back-to-back playoff appearances with this regime, they should be there to stay as the only real threat appears to be the Texans reloading overnight. Sure, the Jaguars defense is improving quickly under Gus Bradley and their new acquisitions, but along with Tennessee, they’re still several pieces away from competing for the division. Wildcard spots are for the taking.