Colts: 3 overlooked players that have potential to be team MVP in 2021
By Jerry Trotta
1. Eric Fisher
Much like their decision to trade for Wentz, the Colts took a huge risk by deciding to sign Eric Fisher in free agency to replace the retired Anthony Castonzo.
After all, Fisher is coming off a torn Achilles and probably won’t be cleared for regular season action until a few weeks into the campaign. When he does reenter the fold, however, there might not be a more important player on the Colts’ offense.
Ensuring that Wentz’s blindside is protected should be Indianapolis’ top priority after the former No. 1 overall pick led the league with 50 (!) sacks last year. Like most players, Wentz feeds off confidence and getting sacked injects the opposite in almost every sane quarterback.
Could Eric Fisher be the Colts’ MVP next season?
It’s looking like the Colts are entrusting Fisher to win alone on the edge. It’s no doubt a massive leap of faith for a player coming off a major surgery. When healthy, Fisher is one of the best pound-for-pound left tackles in the NFL, but it’s worth noting he also underwent core muscle surgery and landed on injured reserve with the Chiefs in 2019.
We’ve all seen how dominant Wentz can be in a clean pocket– seriously, look up his numbers from last season alone — and Fisher’s effectiveness (or lack thereof) when he returns from injury could be a deciding factor in the Colts’ season.