Colts: 3 players who have offered almost nothing in 2021
By Mike Luciano
The Indianapolis Colts entered the midway point of the 2021 NFL season at 4-5. While not an amazing record for a team that went into the year with eyes on the NFC South crown, Carson Wentz and the rest of the squad have done a fine job of rebounding after a sluggish start.
While the offense has found a rhythm behind Jonathan Taylor and the defense is doing everything that they can to stay relevant after Julian Blackmon went down with an injury, some players on the Colts are not pulling their weight.
As promising as Indianapolis has been in recent weeks, they are a very top-heavy team, and the performances of some of their stars continue to outshine some of the more disappointing members of the roster.
Be it through injuries keeping them off the field or general ineffective play, these players have contributed to Indianapolis’ failure to prevent the Tennessee Titans from ascending to the very top of the division. In all likelihood, Chris Ballard won’t bring them back next season.
3 Indianapolis Colts who aren’t providing value.
3. SAF Andrew Sendejo
Sendejo must be the most charismatic person in the world, because we now have multiple consecutive years of evidence that he is one of the most inconsistent defensive backs in the game today, yet he continues to find work. Sendejo was signed after the Julian Blackmon injury, yet he hasn’t exactly done much to improve the secondary.
Sendejo has started five games with the Colts, and his second game in blue and white was Lamar Jackson’s dominant Monday Night performance. He followed that up by getting toasted against Ryan Tannehill and the Titans while letting a third-string quarterback in Josh Johnson put up insane numbers against him.
Andrew Sendejo has been awful for the Indianapolis Colts.
While Sendejo is far from the only defensive player not pulling their weight, and while Matt Eberflus’ system isn’t exactly shutting teams down, he is a downgrade when compared to Blackmon, and the fact he’s still playing every defensive snap speaks to the lack of depth involved.
Ballard chose not to draft a safety until they used a fifth-round pick on Shawn Davis, who was cut before the season even started and is currently on the practice squad in Green Bay. Sendejo is being trotted out there every week despite not playing at a level that would warrant such consideration.