The Indianapolis Colts are facing high expectations in 2021 after they produced 11 wins and qualified for the playoffs in a loaded conference.
We’re not sure what their ceiling will be, but it goes without saying the Colts have all the foundational pieces in place to make a deep playoff run. After all, they were a few bounces and better execution away from defeating the No. 2 seed Bills on the road in the first round.
In order for Indy to reach their full potential, they’ll need more consistent contributions from players who were previously considered vital pieces of the young core but, for one reason or another, have struggled to make an impact in the early stages of their careers.
Unfortunately for the Colts, they have a handful of players who fall under that category, most of whom likely have one last chance to prove they deserve a future with the franchise.
These three Colts players are entering make-or-break seasons.
3. Kemoko Turay
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, 2021 will be Kemoko Turay’s last chance to prove he deserves a future with the Colts. That might seem a little harsh on the 26-year-old, as injuries have derailed his last two seasons, but you only get so much time to prove yourself in the NFL.
Of course, Turay underwent a second surgery on his ankle a few months ago, as the initial operation wasn’t as successful as the Colts had hoped.
Kemoko Turay won’t get another chance to prove himself to the Colts.
Fans in Indy were elated when Turay was activated off the PUP list last year — they basically viewed it as a midseason addition to the defensive line — but he struggled to make an impact and it ultimately became clear he rushed back and was still hindered by the ankle.
Per the latest updates on his recovery, it’s looking like Turay will be a full go for training camp, which is huge news given he could be considered for a starting role at defensive end following the departures of Justin Houston and Denico Autry in free agency.
Luckily for Turay, the Colts don’t have any proven commodities on the edge, so he could earn himself a new contract if he makes the most of his opportunities. All we’re asking is for him to prove the injury’s behind him and provide a spark off the edge. Is that too much?