Kwity Paye continues to prove he was a good selection for Colts
Rookie defensive end, Kwity Paye, continues to be an impact player for the Indianapolis Colts in his rookie season.
With the 21st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected defensive end, Kwity Paye. Paye, who played four seasons at Michigan, was drafted to fill a pass-rushing void on Indy’s defense.
With the regular-season finale of Paye’s rookie year approaching, it’s safe to say that Paye has been a good pick. He was a day one starter, has been available, and consistently makes impact plays for the defense.
On the season, Paye has played in and started 14 games and recorded 27 tackles, three for a loss, four sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and forced one fumble while recovering two.
Kwity Paye thriving in rookie season for Colts
Paye was ready to start from day one, but he has gotten better each week that he’s taken the field. It’s evident that he’s adjusting to the pro game and getting a better understanding of what it takes to rush the passer in the NFL.
Paye didn’t get his first career sack until his seventh game of the season, but what happened afterward showed that something finally clicked. Paye would record a sack in his next two games, giving him three in the three-straight games from Weeks 10 to 12.
This past Sunday against the Raiders, Paye reached another milestone having his first multi-sack game. The second sack was probably the most impressive play of his young career.
Paye fired off the edge and nearly lifted the Raiders’ offensive tackle off his feet before discarding him and taking down the quarterback.
This foundation of speed, technique, and power has allowed Paye to be one of the best defensive rookies this season. Moves like that are why Paye was a day one starter and why Colts fans should be excited that he is on the roster in the coming years.
Paye and his pass-rushing ability will be big for Indianapolis’ playoff run but even more so, he will be a big part of Indy’s future. Paye only has 14 professional games to his name. If everything goes well, he will continue to develop, get better with time, and be a staple of the Colts defense for years to come.