Indianapolis Colts: 3 reasons Eric Fisher signing is a head-scratcher
2. Carson Wentz’s Situation
Did the Colts not learn anything from Carson Wentz’s situation in Philly? The last few years have featured a revolving door of an offensive line for the Eagles, which greatly affected Wentz’s ability to produce, and in fact led to a wild uncharacteristic dip in play.
The situation obviously won’t be as drastic in Indy when you consider the presence of Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski and Braden Smith, but any sort of inconsistency and constant changes at the left tackle position that may result from Fisher’s health or lack of ability following the Achilles injury would be borderline detrimental.
Why? Because Sam Tevi and Julie’n Davenport are the next two up on the depth chart. Tevi just moved to left tackle in 2021 (he spent his previous years on the right side with the Los Angeles Chargers) and though he held down the fort, his struggles were obvious. He improved as a pass blocker, but his run blocking is not good. The Colts are going to rely heavily on their rushing attack, too, and can’t afford to have a left tackle who falls short in such an important area.
As for Davenport, he wasn’t even a starter in 2020.
These are good depth options, but not that good since the first line of defense is a question mark and potential health liability.
The last thing anyone in the Colts organization needs in 2021 is Wentz running for his life if Fisher is getting beat off the line or if his backups adversely affect the rushing or passing attack. This year will be a big one for Wentz in terms of boosting his confidence and getting comfortable in a new setting but in a familiar system.
The left tackle position not being nailed down might be the biggest potential wrench in that plan.