8. Indianapolis Colts What’s New in 2019: The Colts go into 2019 with one of the most stable roster situations around the league, thanks to finding a plethora of draft talent in last year’s class. Their two big FA signings come in the shape of Devin Funchess, who gives the receiver position a bit of height I guess and Justin Houston who could get pass-rush firing if he still has some juice left. An intriguing draft haul of ten players earmarked to supplement their roster were chosen. Roster Strengths: Quarterback – The Andrew Luck we thought we might never see again was back and flourishing in Indianapolis last season, it would be tremendous for the league to see that continue Offensive Line – Feels weird to say this about a Colts offensive line, but it’s good these days with recent picks on Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith paying immediate returns. They have quietly built up one of the better back-up situations two, going two deep at most spots. Elsewhere – TY Hilton is always worth mentioning as someone who has carried the can at receiver for this offense despite his lack of size. There are two viable tight end options in Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, Darius Leonard was everywhere in his first year in the league. Justin Houston still has something left as a pass-rusher. Roster Weaknesses: Cornerback – They performed above their talent level last season whilst playing way above the league average in zone coverage, but we’ll see if that run can continue Defensive Tackle – They’re getting by with a rotation of unheralded players and haven’t focused their off-season resources here Breakout Player: Kemoko Turay – He had an impact early into this rookie season after being taken in the 2nd round as a known raw prospect with some natural pass-rushing gifts. He was a little dinged after that initial surge, but has been working alongside Robert Mathis in the off-season and the early reviews are positive. How they can win in 2019: The simple answer is that they won on a less well-stocked roster a year ago. That’s not to say they still don’t have obvious questions to answer. Finding reliable wide receiving options outside of TY Hilton outside is a must and they have some diverse options there now with Devin Funchess, rookie Parris Campbell and the returning Deon Cain who looked great in preseason last year before his injury. UDFA Penny Hart, who set the Senior Bowl alight, and last year’s draft pick Daurice Fountain are also names to keep an eye on. Let's not forget that Eric Ebron scored 13 touchdowns last year as a red zone monster, even if those numbers are unlikely to be repeated. The offensive line needs to play at least as well as last year and they need another bout of health from Andrew Luck, that’s not a given – but thankfully that seems far more likely than it was. The Colts had a middle of the pack defense last season and that was above expectations, so there's always a chance they could regress to the mean. Matt Eberflus continues in his role after getting some head coaching attention and that’s huge for their aspirations this year. The pass-rush has to improve, after they ranked last with only 18 sacks in 2018. Justin Houston was brought in to bring that number up and they have some young players who could develop in the next steps of their career. They’ve strengthened the depth in the secondary, but you feel that is going to get more of a test this year. That probably means they'll have to prove they can switch up and play more man to man coverage. They know this, hence why 2nd rounder Rock Ya-Sin was selected as someone who thrived in a press-man scheme at Temple. At safety, we are all waiting for Malik Hooker to hit that blue-chip potential he had coming out and he’s a potential game winner if he can start playing up to it. Predicted record 2019: 10-6 – Unlike last year’s team, this one is better stocked to last the distance and there's an irresistible feel-good factor about where this team is heading
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