It’s been a pretty wild offseason so far for the Indianapolis Colts in terms of the secondary. Not far into the free agency period, Indy released corner Pierre Desir, who had been a major contributor for them in the last two seasons. Then, Chris Ballard made a couple more moves, bringing in former Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes on a one-year, $5 million deal. Ballard wasn’t done, as he brought in versatile defensive back T.J. Carrie as well.
So for now, the corner room stands as this: Rhodes, Carrie, Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, Marvel Tell. The question remains, is it good enough?
Whether or not the Colts believe in Ya-Sin to become a high impact starter, this secondary could still use some help. Ohio State’s Damon Arnette could be a great fit in this defense.
Arnette has showed improvement throughout his career for the Buckeyes, and played very well in the 2019 season, which is oft overshadowed by the play of Jeffrey Okudah. He’s not on that level, but Arnette shows the ability to become a quality starter on the boundary. Arnette is good in press at the line of scrimmage, and shows solid mirror/match ability along with requisite speed to carry receivers deep. The secondary would be set for now and the future.