The Colts added only two new players who could start for them on the offensive side of the ball. But those players should have an enhanced effect on the running game too.
Adding two receivers can help with the passing game. That much is obvious with any team. But the Colts added two receivers who can really help stretch the field in Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell. But they won’t just help in the passing game.
Both of those receivers will have a profound effect on the running game as well. With the Colts being able to stretch the field as well as they can with all of their weapons on the outside, it should open up the ability to run the ball even better.
With defenses having to respect the passing game, the middle will be more open. Marlon Mack should have the ability to run the ball easier because teams won’t be able to stack the box with safeties or extra players. Mack could end up having a big year.
The solid offensive line obviously helps with this too. The Colts finally have a starting five up front that they can feel good about. That will help both the passing and the running game. But the receivers will help everyone play better on offense.
Campbell and Funchess’ play will help decide if this offense can take the next level or not. If they can, this team can make a run at a championship. If they can’t, they won’t get any further in the playoffs than they did last year.