There’s a lot of concern about the Colts secondary
With training camp approaching for the NFL, experts continue to doubt the ability of the secondary of the Indianapolis Colts.
Following the offseason, many expect the Indianapolis Colts to have an elite defense next season. They were already a solid unit led by Darius Leonard, Kenny Moore, and DeForest Buckner, but they have now added Yannick Ngakoue and Stephon Gilmore. This is in addition to emerging young talents like Bobby Okereke, Kwity Paye, and Julian Blackmon.
While there is some doubt about the fit of new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, this defense has more than enough talent to be a top unit. If there was one area worth questioning, it would be the secondary, and many NFL writers are making sure to question Indy’s defensive backfield.
Recently, it has been said that cornerback is still the biggest remaining need for Indy and it’s even been suggested the Colts should trade for Marcus Peters. Now, Michael Renner of PFF has ranked Indy’s secondary as the 23rd-best secondary in the NFL.
Colts secondary ranked No. 23 in NFL
Renner highlights how the acquisition of Stephon Gilmore saved Indy’s secondary from a season of uncertainty and that he should be able to offer Indianapolis solid play. It’s fair to say that the corner spot was a concern prior to signing Gilmore because Indy did trade away Rock Ya-Sin to bring in Ngakoue, however, this secondary is currently more than Stephon Gilmore.
For starters, there’s another Pro Bowl player in the secondary for the Colts in Kenny Moore. While he isn’t the other starting outside corner, he’s one of the top defenders in the league and his presence in the secondary is beneficial for Indianapolis.
Additionally, the Colts are getting Julian Blackmon back from injury. Although Blackmon suffered a brutal Achilles injury in his second season, he put together a promising rookie campaign that should have everyone hopeful about his return to the middle of the secondary.
The other two likely starters are Nick Cross and Isaiah Rodgers, a rookie and a third-year player with only one prior start. It’s fair not to know what to expect from these two but they also can’t be ruled out as liabilities already. Both have talent and the potential to thrive at the NFL level.
As the season approaches, it seems as if the doubt will continue to mount for Indy’s secondary. However, doubt just gives competitors a platform to showcase how good they are.