2015 was a rough one for the Indianapolis Colts, as injury plagued the team resulting in a .500 record and second place in the AFC South. As we head in to the 2016 season, expectations are high once again, as the talented roster has been beefed up over the offseason and the health of key players is no longer a concern. To protect their star quarterback Andrew Luck and keep him on the field this season, the Colts drafted Alabama center Ryan Kelly with their first round pick in the NFL Draft. They also selected tackle Le’Raven Clark from Texas Tech in the third round to bolster the o-line. Luck’s receiving corps remains the same with T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief, and Dwayne Allen in the tight end spot. Indianapolis lost their other tight end Coby Fleener during free agency, as he chose to sign with the New Orleans Saints. Frank Gore is still making plays in the backfield and seems to be ageing in reverse. In an attempt to improve defensively this offseason, the Colts signed former
San Diego Chargers cornerback Patrick Robinson to a three-year deal and drafted safety T.J. Green from Clemson with their second round pick. Their fourth round pick, DT Hassan Ridgeway gives them a big frontman in new defensive coordinator Ted Monachino’s 3-4 scheme.
The teams in the AFC South are on the rise as the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans all improved their rosters over the course of the offseason. However, barring another year with unforeseen injuries, the Colts should emerge atop of their division and be legitimate contenders in the AFC. Fans, be sure to secure your Indianapolis Colts tickets, grab some popcorn, your foam fingers and a cold beverage, and head out to support these guys throughout the 2016 season.