Colts will be in trouble if these 4 players don’t have a good camp
2. Stephon Gilmore must prove he still has it
The Colts traded their best corner from last year to acquire Yannick Ngakoue. When that happened, there was a ton of concern about what Indy would do in the secondary. Indianapolis improved the pass rush but they were down two starting corners.
Fortunately, it was still early in the offseason and Indy eventually signed Stephon Gilmore in free agency. Gilmore is a five-time Pro Bowler and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. One of the best corners of the last decade, Gilmore will bring his lockdown skills to Indianapolis.
While Stephon has an incredible resume, he will be turning 32 in the second week of the season and is two years removed from partially tearing his quad. Some question if he can still be a lockdown corner or even just a No. 1 corner at all.
Indianapolis believes he still is because they went after him hard in free agency and signed him to a two-year deal. It’s now time for Gilmore to make the Colts right. He doesn’t have to show up in camp as the corner that won Defensive Player of the Year three seasons ago but he does need to look like a team’s No. 1 corner.
If it’s evident in camp that Gilmore is on the decline, Indianapolis will enter the season worried about their cornerback position, a group that’s more important than ever in today’s passing NFL.