Colts named one of the most improved teams of the offseason

Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard speaks to the
Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard speaks to the / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After making several quality additions this offseason, one NFL expert considers the Indianapolis Colts one of the most improved teams in the league.

The Indianapolis Colts finished last season 4-12-1. They had to attack the offseason or the next few years would be just as miserable as 2022 was. Fortunately, the Colts did just that. Indy made a couple of depth signings but really thrived in the 2023 NFL Draft, as well as hiring Shane Steichen to be the team’s new head coach.

Now, the outlook for Indianapolis is much better. Indy is still a really young team, so it isn’t expected to be a threat next season, but with the combination of elite veterans and promising young players, the Colts could get back to contender status in a couple of seasons. Turning around their future is why they’re considered one of the most improved teams this offseason.

In a recent piece by Marc Sessler for, Sessler named the 10 most improved teams this offseason. The teams weren’t ranked, but the Indianapolis Colts were listed as one of the teams.

Colts made significant improvements this offseason

Sessler called the Indianapolis team from last season an “unwatchable entity.” However, that shouldn’t be the case this season. He explained that he expects Anthony Richardson to start, and thinks Richardson and fellow rookie Josh Downs should be productive under Shane Steichen. Sessler did admit that everything hinges on Indy’s offensive line.

That’s a very fair point. Defensively, the Colts are great in the box with players like DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart, Shaquille Leonard, and Zaire Franklin. Indianapolis also has a few promising young safeties, a talented corner in Isaiah Rodgers Sr., and an elite nickel in Kenny Moore II, who is looking to have a bounce back season. The only question defensively is about which young corner will step up and claim the CB2 spot.

On offense, the Colts have an elite running back, a solid group of receivers, and several promising tight ends. Everyone is just waiting to see how Richardson transitions to the NFL, and if Indy’s offensive line will be able to protect him. If Richardson hits the ground running, and the offensive line is improved, the Colts will be back in the mix quicker than expected.