4 position battles for Colts entering training camp

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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (34) warms up before colts training camp. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports /

Battling for the final starting cornerback spot

This is an important position, a spot that can often be lonely and make or break a defensive unit. The Colts got security at one of the cornerback spots this offseason when they signed Stephon Gilmore but the other side should be decided in camp.

The cornerback spot opposite Gilmore will likely come down to two players that are competing to be full-time starters for the first time in their careers. Isaiah Rodgers, who’s been with the Colts since being drafted by the team in 2020, and Brandon Facyson, a player entering his fifth year that has played his entire career under Gus Bradley.

Rodgers’ early impact with Indy came as a return man, but he has also contributed as a cornerback. Starting just one game at corner in two seasons, Rodgers has impressed enough in his limited snaps that many are confident he’s ready to take the next step and start in his third season.

Facyson, on the other hand, has started just 13 games out of the 56 he’s played over four years, but, his tape makes it evident why Bradley brings him along everywhere he coaches. Facyson is a rangy corner with good speed and technique that has also flashed the skillset to be a starter.

With such a loaded defense, the Colts have the talent to be an incredibly dominant unit, but they have to have a solid guy at the last corner spot so that the defense doesn’t have a liability that opposing offenses can target. Training camp will determine who’s going to step up to the challenge.