Colts corner Isaiah Rodgers is predicting a breakout year for himself next season
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers is planning to make a name for himself in the league with a breakout year next season.
This offseason, there has been a lot of talk about the secondary of the Indianapolis Colts, specifically the cornerback position. First, Xavier Rhodes became a free agent and then Indy signed Brandon Facyson.
After that, the Colts traded away Rock Ya-Sin, the team’s best corner. That caused a lot of worry about the overall skill level and depth at the position.
This led everyone to believe that Indy would be selecting a corner in the Draft, which is still likely. However, it was recently reported that the team flew Stephon Gilmore in for a free agency visit. It seems as if that’s a move the Colts are really trying to make happen.
Among all this movement is Isaiah Rodgers, the cornerback that will be entering his third year next season. Rodgers is proclaiming that it will be his breakout season.
Isaiah Rodgers is ready to step up for Colts
Throughout his first two seasons with Indianapolis, Rodgers made his name as a kick returner. He’s returned 43 kicks for 1,193 yards and one touchdown.
Also during that time, Rodgers rotated in the secondary and stepped in to start anytime someone went down with an injury. He saw a major increase in defensive snap counts in his second year, playing in all 17 games and starting one.
In his appearances, he was impressive. He recorded three interceptions, had seven pass deflections, and graded as one of the league’s best corners in man coverage— though, he did have a small sample size.
Limited snap count aside, Rodgers has displayed enough to give fans and the Colts’ front office the confidence that he is ready to take the next step. His development could have played a role in Indy’s willingness to move Ya-Sin.
As things currently stand, Rodgers is one of the likely starting corners. If the Colts do finalize a deal to bring in Stephon Gilmore, Rodgers and Brandon Facyson will likely compete for the job opposite Gilmore.
If Isaiah Rodgers is anticipating a breakout season then he definitely isn’t ducking a training camp competition. Expect Rodgers to enter next year and put together his best defensive season yet.