5 things Colts fans should be thankful for in 2023

As fans celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take a look at the things the Indianapolis Colts should be thankful for during the 2023 NFL season.

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1. Colts fans should be thankful for the young roster

As documented prior to the season opener, the Indianapolis Colts boast the league's fourth-youngest roster. The fact Colts' rookie QB Anthony Richardson is the main influence on this average screams this team, and more specifically this offense, has barely scratched the surface of what's to come.

Center Ryan Kelly, defensive tackle Grover Stewart, and tight end Mo Alie-Cox are the team's only players who are 30+ years of age, and going into the season, when the aforementioned average was put together, Kelly had recently turned 30 whereas Stewart and Alie-Cox didn't celebrate their 30th until after the season started.

It would even be an understatement to say this roster has only seen, in 10 games, a small percentage of what's truly possible with a team this young. With Shane Steichen leading the charge, the best possible product year in and year out will continue to be exemplified on a weekly basis. It's just a matter of time before things iron themselves out into a high-scoring, hardnosed football team.

There is plenty more to be thankful for; DeForest Buckner continuing to be an underappreciated menace on the defensive line, Zaire Franklin establishing himself as a tackling machine, you name it. These five examples, however, are what will/can keep the team afloat and even as perennial contenders moving forward.

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