Colts: 3 Indy players poised for huge bounce back years

Colts WR Parris Campbell (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Colts WR Parris Campbell (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Here are three Colts players who are due for big bounce back seasons.

The abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck just a few weeks before the start of the 2019 regular season was a dagger in the hearts of Indianapolis Colts fans, the majority of which subsequently wrote off the team as a playoff contender.

However, the brilliance of general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich was shortly realized, as the talent on Indianapolis came incredibly close to overcoming the loss of its superstar quarterback. Though the Colts ultimately finished 7-9, they were very much in the thick of the Wild Card race for most of the campaign.

What makes that even more impressive on the heels of Luck’s retirement is that several players — whether it be due to injuries or just a mental obstacle — didn’t perform up to their standards. The arrival of Philip Rivers will undoubtedly boost their chances at wining the AFC South crown for the first time since 2014.

While the 38-year-old quarterback figures to make a huge difference for Indianapolis, the team won’t accomplish much of anything this year if these three players don’t have huge bounce back campaigns.

Colts CB Xavier Rhodes (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

3. Xavier Rhodes

The only reason Xavier Rhodes doesn’t land higher on this list simply comes down to the fact that wasn’t on the team last year. The 30-year-old cornerback, who signed a one-year deal with the Colts as a free agent this offseason, recently came out and pronounced how thrilled he is to play in Indianapolis’ zone-oriented coverage, and it’s gotten us primed for the comeback.

That should thrill Colts Nation, as Rhodes struggled mightily in man coverage with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. The three-time Pro Bowler was a shell of his former dominant self as he surrendered an abysmal 131 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks while allowing them to complete 83% of their passes while targeting him.

It’s clear that Rhodes will be out to silence his critics — as well as prove the Vikings wrong for releasing him this offseason — this year, and Indianapolis’ zone packages figure to get the best out of him. The ceiling of the Colts defense will be riding on the former first-round pick’s shoulders, and we fully believe he’s ready to carry that burden.