As the miserable season for the Indianapolis Colts comes to a close, three young players deserve more playing time over the final four games.
The Indianapolis Colts have continued to struggle despite the change in head coach. After Sunday night’s embarrassing loss to the Dallas Cowboys on national television the Colts’ season looks all but finished. Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and the offense coughed the ball up two more times allowing the Cowboys to dominate on the scoreboard. Indy’s offense is lacking a deep threat either because it’s not being schemed or Ryan can’t throw it.
While many fans are ready to chalk up the season to a loss and move on, the front office and coaching staff may not be as willing to do that. Nevertheless, with little at stake this season the Indianapolis Colts should let some of their younger players see the field more. This will help evaluate the roster and see what holes you need to fill in the draft and free agency at this season’s end. Here are three young Colts who should see a bump in playing time as this season comes to a close.
3. Cornerback Dallis Flowers
Dallis Flowers has been returning kicks as of late and has looked promising. He had a kick return to start the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that really turned things around for Indianapolis in that game. Starting from eight yards deep into his own endzone, Flowers returned the kick 89 yards to Pittsburgh’s 19-yard line setting the Colts up in prime field position. Four plays later Jonathan Taylor rushed into the endzone to give the Indianapolis Colts their first touchdown of the game.
It would be exciting to see what more Flowers can do. He needs to see increased time on special teams and see how explosive he can be on both kick and punt returns. While Flowers has sparked on special teams we actually haven’t seen him at his true position of cornerback. According to PFF he has yet to play a defensive snap but has played 110 special teams snaps.
With the way the Colts’ defense has been playing they have almost everything figured out. This may be the perfect opportunity for a young player like Flowers to get some time beside Stephon Gillmore and Brandon Facyson. He can learn from their veteran experience while combining that with real game experience. If the season is a lost cause at this point it won’t hurt to have him in even if he gets burned a few times. These are valuable learning opportunities that can help Flowers grow and develop. Isaiah Rodgers and Rock Ya-Sin got better the more they played and it seems like the same can be said for Flowers.