Quincy Wilson had a very odd rookie season with the Colts, but he still has the potential to be a key piece of this secondary moving forward.
General manager Chris Ballard focused on rebuilding the Colts’ secondary in his first draft as an NFL GM last offseason by taking Malik Hooker in the first round, Quincy Wilson in the second round, and another cornerback Nate Hairston in the fifth round.
Wilson was in the cornerback in the rotation for the first two games of the season before hurting his knee and missing a couple games due to that injury. However, Wilson’s knee was healed a couple of weeks later, but he was still a healthy scratch until he was activated in the Colts’ 12th game of the season against the Jaguars.
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The Colts’ coaching staff rationalized benching their second-round pick by saying he was unable to contribute on special teams. There were also probably some personality issues with Wilson and the coaching staff that led to his benching as a rookie.
Wilson may have never gotten out of Chuck Pagano’s doghouse if the Colts’ secondary could’ve stayed healthy this season. But Indianapolis ran out of bodies at cornerback, and Wilson got a chance to play down the stretch of the season.
Quincy Wilson actually played very well when he was able to get on the field this season. He finished the year with 6 pass breakups and an interception in just 5 starts as a rookie, and he showed he was a pretty strong run defender as well.
Hopefully a new coaching staff in Indianapolis will realize Quincy Wilson’s talent and get him into the starting lineup next season.
Here are some of our other rookie recaps from Chris Ballard’s first draft class: