Colts have to find a way to get Isaiah Rodgers on the field

Aug 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (34) makes an interception over Buffalo Bills wide receiver Khalil Shakir (10) in the second quarter pre-season game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 13, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers (34) makes an interception over Buffalo Bills wide receiver Khalil Shakir (10) in the second quarter pre-season game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the Indianapolis Colts prepare for Week 2 of the season, they have to find a way to get talented corner, Isaiah Rodgers, on the field.

Week 1 was a surprising week for the Indianapolis Colts. The most surprising thing is that Indy had a competitive game with the Houston Texans that ended in a tie. While Indy’s top players delivered, there were a few personnel surprises. One of those surprises was seeing Matt Pryor and Bernhard Raimann rotate at left tackle, a plan that Frank Reich continues to carry out.

One of the other surprises was on the defensive side of the ball. Fans were shocked to see that third-year corner, Isaiah Rodgers, didn’t play a single snap on defense against the Texans. Rodgers was active in the game, registering 17 special teams snaps, but his number wasn’t called on defense.

Entering the season, many believed Rodgers would be the starting cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore, but Isaiah lost the position battle to veteran Brandon Facyson, who came to Indianapolis with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Although Rodgers isn’t the starter, he still proved that he has the talent to be on the field and the Colts will probably benefit from finding him some defensive snaps.

Colts must utilize the play-making ability of Isaiah Rodgers

Isaiah Rodgers is a natural playmaker. Whether it be defense or special teams, he consistently finds a way to get his hands on the ball and make plays. That’s a very valuable skill in the NFL because turnovers are king and that’s why Indianapolis needs to find a way to get him involved defensively.

Facyson is the more experienced corner and has way more history playing in Gus Bradley’s defense and he may even be the better cover corner. Those are likely the reasons he’s above Rodgers. But, in a passing league where defenses are on the field for 70 plays a game, there are plenty of opportunities to get a ball magnet like Rodgers in the game.

Whether it’s utilizing packages with a lot of defensive backs or having Facyson and Rodgers rotate series, Rodgers has a skill set that shouldn’t spoil away on the sideline. This is the same team that’s rotating left tackles, so they know how to get guys reps. It’s time for Isaiah Rodgers to start getting some defensive reps.