3 things that need to happen for Colts after trading for Matt Ryan
Matt Pryor has to step up at left tackle
Now that Indianapolis has its quarterback it needs to protect him. Indy has already lost Mark Glowinski at right guard and left tackle remains a question mark.
General manager, Chris Ballard, made clear that Indy is giving Matt Pryor a chance as the starting left tackle. The Colts re-signed Pryor, who saw action last season, but he has mainly been a reserve throughout his career. He does, however, have experience at both guard and tackle, so that could help Indy out.
By deciding to roll into the season with Pryor, Indy is gambling that he will be able to provide consistent play. The Colts are passing up on proven talents at tackle, so Pryor has to deliver with his opportunity.
In order to get the most out of Matt Ryan, the Colts have to be able to protect him. They also have to give him weapons to throw the ball to.
Colts must add receivers
Last season, Indy’s receiver room struggled and unfortunately, it’s currently worse. Michael Pittman Jr., who had a breakout year last season, is returning but after him, things get scary.
Zach Pascal recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and TY Hilton is a free agent. That leaves Indianapolis with Parris Campbell, who has struggled to stay healthy, and younger guys who haven’t taken the next step yet like Mike Strachan and Dezmon Patmon.
The Colts have already missed out on a number of receivers but now that they have a quarterback, there may be a chance that Indy can land some guys.
There have already been talks about the idea of a Julio Jones reunion or adding Odell Beckham Jr., who loves the idea of Ryan on the Colts. There are also many more veteran receivers still out there.
A receiver like Jarvis Landry would greatly benefit Indy. He’s a quality receiving threat but he’s one of the best run-blocking receivers as well. Considering Indianapolis’ offensive identity, that dual-threat ability at wideout would help.