There’s a reason Colts aren’t as concerned about the cornerback room as everyone else

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The cornerback room of the Indianapolis Colts has become a big concern for fans but the team is confident in the young players on the roster.

This offseason, the Indianapolis Colts traded Stephon Gilmore to the Dallas Cowboys and lost Brandon Facyson in free agency to the Las Vegas Raiders. Those moves have made cornerback one of the most concerning positions for Indy; at least from the fan and media perspective. Daily, fans and media members are pointing out how the Colts need to rebuild depth at the cornerback position.

While the team knows that is the case, they don’t seem as concerned about the position as everyone else is. When speaking with media this week in Arizona, general manager Chris Ballard explained Indianapolis’ reason for trading Gilmore and what the team’s plan is at cornerback. Ballard revealed that the decision to trade Stephon Gilmore had to do with cap space and the fact that Indy really believes in Isaiah Rodgers Sr. and Dallis Flowers.

Colts believe in Isaiah Rodgers Sr. and Dallis Flowers

Ballard explained that the team thinks both Rodgers and Flowers is ready to step up. Most fans and media members would be quick to agree on that about Isaiah Rodgers Sr. From the moment that Rock Ya-Sin was traded last offseason, people were excited to see Rodgers step into a starting role. However, the journey was longer than expected.

Rodgers started last season competing with Brandon Facyson for the cornerback spot opposite of Gilmore. Although Facyson was the initial winner, it was evident that Rodgers was the better corner, and fans let that be known until Rodgers was the full-time starter. In the 2022 season, Rodgers ultimately played in 15 games, starting nine, and recorded 34 tackles and three pass deflections.

Much like Isaiah Rodgers Sr. at the beginning of his career, Dallis Flowers established himself with the Colts as a returner. He’ll have to continue to prove himself as a corner in the league, after receiving limited defensive snaps as a rookie. Hopefully, Flowers will be ready to step up at corner for Indy.

Even if Flowers and Rodgers are both ready to be full-time starters, the Colts must still find some depth to back them up. The other outside corners currently on the roster are depth guys that haven’t seen much NFL action. Either they must be ready to step up, or Indianapolis must find some more help.

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