The Indianapolis Colts have a solid starting lineup that should compete in the AFC, but who are the important depth pieces?
The Indianapolis Colts have a lot of stars in the starting lineup but many players will see valuable time coming off the bench. Those players are guys like Nyheim Hines, Parris Campbell, and a mixture of Nick Cross and Rodney McLeod will do well, but who else?
The Colts have continuously built a strong depth, many of whom go on and sign starter contracts with other teams. Last year, we saw the Colts let Mark Glowinski and Chris Reed both walk to sign starting contracts on different teams.
This year could see more depth pieces make valuable contributions for the Colts this season. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most important Indy players that aren’t starters.
3. Ashton Dulin will be open— a lot
Ashton Dulin is going to get a lot of work this season and he will be one of the Colts’ most under-the-radar players that make a strong impact on the team. With Matt Ryan on the roster now, the offense will have the ability to open up to more than just Michael Pittman Jr.
The Colts focused on building their passing offense this offseason with the addition of Ryan. I’d expect to see Ryan find the lesser-known guys more as teams prepare to have MPJ wrapped up in coverage.
Meanwhile, rookie receiver Alec Pierce is going to draw his own coverage, taking out the top two corners on the opposing side of the ball.
This is going to open room for guys like Campbell and Dulin to get separation over the top and in the middle of the field. It’s going to be a big season for Dulin this year, topping 700 yards with a few touchdowns in 2022.