Colts: 3 depth chart problems fans should worry about
By Mike Luciano
The Indianapolis Colts will likely make up one-half of a two-horse race in the AFC South, as either Frank Reich’s squad or Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans will likely end up as the division champions. The Colts are hoping a new quarterback in Carson Wentz gives them the edge to put them over the top.
However, while the Colts do have plenty of depth at key positions thanks to some shrewd drafting from Chris Ballard, that doesn’t mean that they are completely set when it comes to the final construction of this roster.
The Colts have some serious issues with regard to how this team is built because several positions still lack depth despite Ballard having seemingly placed an emphasis on passing over stars with the intent of building a team full of capable backups.
These three positions on Indy’s depth chart still need some work before the squad can go into the season without having to worry that any potential issues could derail any positive momentum. If they don’t fix these flaws, Tennessee could easily jump over them and take the division once again.
The Colts need to fix these three issues on their depth chart.
3. Tight end
The Colts could’ve spent money on a big name like Jonnu Smith or Hunter Henry, but they mostly chose to bring back the same alignment at the position. Jack Doyle and former basketball player Mo Alie-Cox project to be the top two tight ends, with rookie Kylen Granson potentially in line for an H-back role.
The only thing that can save the Colts from being tagged as deficient in this area is Granson emerging as a receiving star as a rookie. If he spends most of Year 1 on the sidelines, an offense that likes to throw the ball to the tight ends could struggle to get production from this group.
The Colts need better production at tight end.
Doyle has some Pro Bowls on his resume, but he looked nothing like a Pro Bowl performer last year. And while Alie-Cox has a knack for pulling in some tough catches, how high is his ceiling? Is he is really capable of becoming a somewhat prominent option in the passing game rather than an occasional wrinkle? It seems whenever he gains momentum in that department, the rug is pulled out from under him.
The Colts should go all-in on developing Granson. That’s their best chance at revamping the position. With Doyle getting a bit older and Alie-Cox possessing a much lower ceiling, the SMU product is the best hope at salvaging a subpar room of tight ends since we know Ballard isn’t going to make a trade for Zach Ertz.