First…..ColtsGab is back and (to quote Mike Greenberg) better than ever! Very excited to post for the first time in almost 1 year. Expect that to change. Heck, why not? We now are the favorite to win the Super Bowl! High expectations for sure. Does the work of Ryan Grigson warrant such lofty expectations? Let’s take a look at the roster, starting with our offense. Keep in mind, Grigs is likely not yet done in free agency.
Quarterback – Ummmmm. We’re okay here. Next.
Running Back – I was actually beginning to picture a running game that included Trent Richardson as part of a 3-headed running game. So much for that. We have Frank Gore who is certainly an upgrade over oft-injured Ahmad Bradshaw. He also has the experience that Boom Herron lacks. Boom can now move to #2 role – and he will still get his share of carries. It’s likely that Vick Ballard and Zurlon Tipton will battle it out for #3 and #4 on the depth chart. Overall, I feel we have a better running attack.
Wide Receiver – We lose Reggie and Hakeem Nicks and replace them with Andre Johnson and Duron Carter. We lose experience but we gain potential. I’ll take a receiving corps of Hilton, Johnson, Moncrief and Carter. Griff Whalen could be a good 5th receiver. Again, I feel we have upgraded ourselves at wide receiver.
Tight End – No changes other than having Dwayne Allen 2 years removed from his hip surgery.
Offensive Line – What is key here is that the addition of Todd Herremans will push everyone else back one notch. There are guys who started last year that are better backup or role players. We have our LT anchor with Costanzo and veteran RG with Herremans. Jack Mewhort (who will be a solid contributor for years) will move to LG. That is 4 solid players on our o-line. Then, we have Cherilus. He has not proven his worth, but we’re locked in for a while with him as he would cost $8.7M of dead cap money if he was cut. The bottom line, we have to live with him for now even though he is average at best. Overall, the addition of Herremans and the move of Mewhort to LG makes this a stronger line.
The Colts offense was really good last year and I expect it to be even better in 2015. Our running game will be better and more balanced which will open up our passing game even further. Grigson made the additions necessary on offense to make this team better.
What will we look for offensively in the draft? We need a running back of the future and we could use our first round pick on a RB. I could see us use a mid round pick on a wide receiver. Beyond that, it’s all about building depth on the o-line.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at the Colts’ revamped defense.