Indianapolis Colts: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
Indianapolis Colts 2016 Preview
July 20, 2016
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The Indianapolis Colts hope for a bounce back season after missing the playoffs for the first time under coach Chuck Pagano. The Colts are once again the favorites to win the AFC South, but last season did show that things can change at any moment.
Here is your Indianapolis Colts 2016 NFL preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Colts lost one of their key tight ends in Coby Fleener, who had 50-plus catches the last three seasons. Veteran offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is also now playing in Tampa Bay. quarterback Matt Hasselbeck retired and wide receiver Andre Johnson was released. Defense is where the Colts were hit the most, as key players Jerrell Freeman, Dwight Lowery, Greg Toler and Colt Anderson are all on new teams. However, the Colts weren’t great defensively last year anyway, so maybe shaking things up on this side of the ball is a good thing.
Key Player Additions: Cornerback Patrick Robinson was a solid pickup and adds depth in the secondary with his playmaking ability. Robert Turbin has shown he can be a productive running back when actually given the ball. Jordan Todman is also averaging 4.1 yards per carry for his career and could shine if given playing time.
Draft: The Colts addressed an area of need in the first round with center Ryan Kelly, a smart and reliable guy from Alabama who gives the offensive line some stability. T.J. Green is a speedster and a tackle machine at the safety position. Le'Raven Clark is a versatile offensive lineman who can play guard or tackle, and Antonio Morrison is a thumper at linebacker who could have gone higher if it weren’t for injuries.
Outlook: The Colts have to be the team to beat in the AFC South with Andrew Luck at quarterback. Some are calling Luck overrated after a brutal season last year, but he still has 101 touchdown passes in four seasons and is approaching 15,000 passing yards. The Texans and Jaguars are improving, but the Colts have the best quarterback in the division and are very dangerous offensively when everyone is healthy. The Colts should have little torublereutnring to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.
Indianapolis Colts 2016 Schedule:
Sept. 11, Detroit Lions, 4:25
Sept. 18, at Denver Broncos, 4:25
Sept. 25, San Diego Chargers, 4:25
Oct. 2, at Jacksonville Jaguars (London), 9:30 AM
Oct. 9, Chicago Bears, 1
Oct. 16, at Houston Texans*, 8:30
Oct. 23, at Tennessee Titans, 1
Oct. 30, Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Nov. 6, at Green Bay Packers, 4:25
Nov. 20, Tennessee Titans, 1
Nov. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu), 8:30
Dec. 5, at New York Jets (Mon), 8:30
Dec. 11, Houston Texans, 1
Dec. 18, at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Dec. 24, at Oakland Raiders (Sat), 4:05
Jan. 1, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1