These two Colts are next in line for a breakout season
By Brad Marr
Matt Pryor has the possibility of being the Colts’ next breakout player on offense.
It’s not too often you hear about an offensive lineman being mentioned as a potential “breakout” player across the NFL world, but the Colts have a player capable of rewriting the script.
The battle for starting positions on the offensive line comes down to two different spots, left tackle and right guard. Entering the offseason, it was clear the Eric Fisher bandaid experiment was at the end of its road, leaving the spot up for grabs. Veterans Chris Reed and Mark Glowinski both made their way into new locker rooms this free agency period.
The Colts have done their due diligence in securing competition on the roster by adding former divisional foe Dennis Kelly and drafting one of the most athletic tackle prospects in Bernhard Raimann, but it’s belief the Day 1 starter was already on the squad.
Matt Pryor has been discussed and somewhat embraced as the player first in line for the left tackle opportunity by none other than Colts GM Chris Ballard. However, Pryor packs some versatility that can carry over to consideration at right guard.
According to PFF, Pryor received a pass blocking grade of 75.2, a run blocking grade of 74.8, and an overall grade of 76.5. In his limited time on the field as a reserve swing tackle, Pryor played in 438 snaps and allowed a whopping zero sacks.
Just a year after acquiring Matt Pryor from the Philadelphia Eagles for just a sixth-round draft pick, Indy may have another future All-Pro that can line up either next to Big Quenton Nelson or opposite him on the line.
If all goes well, and Pryor can consistently improve from his previous season, he could help Indy reclaim the standard of elite status across the offensive line.