On May 8, 2022, at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) participates in drills during the team’s required mini-camp.
The Indianapolis Colts are more prepared than they have ever been to challenge for the AFC South championship this season. Frank Reich will keep this team playing hard until the final whistle with Matt Ryan starting at quarterback in lieu of Carson Wentz and Jonathan Taylor being the best rushing back in the league.
The strength of Indianapolis’ roster from top to bottom is where they can distinguish themselves from the rival Tennessee Titans. A defense led by Matt Eberflus may actually perform better this season because to a number of high-profile additions on that side of the ball.
Even with all of this great energy flowing toward Indianapolis, it seems that some people are still skeptics about what Chris Ballard is erecting there. The Colts are sometimes seen as a.500 club rather than a contender for the championship.
The Colts were ranked No. 16 in NFL Spin Zone’s ranking of the rosters of all 32 NFL teams. Even though the Colts and Ryan had the greatest rating of any AFC South club, it appears that the national media isn’t giving them the attention they deserve.
Over at @NFLSpinZone, I evaluated every roster in 2022 from worst to best: https://t.co/dzSukDOjWr June 11, 2022 — Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger)
How good is the roster for the Indianapolis Colts?
On the offensive side, Indianapolis is complemented by one of the strongest offensive lines in football in addition to the ageless Ryan and powerful Taylor. That cannot be overemphasized or underestimated, particularly given that Ryan is an elderly quarterback who has never been very agile.
Darius Leonard and newly acquired Stephon Gilmore will give the defense two immediate All-Pro team possibilities. Even while the defensive line may not be very strong at the moment, it would benefit the group much if Kwity Paye developed into a future Pro Bowler.
(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/bxytCo7JJF Jonathan Taylor loses everyone and runs 67 yards to the house — SportsCenter, December 19, 2021 (@SportsCenter)
The greatest gaps for Indianapolis are still at tight end and wide receiver. It’s reasonable to enter this season with some pessimism regarding that portion of the squad until youngsters like Alec Pierce and Jelani Woods immediately begin to live up to their potential. Do they rank 16th after that?
Saying that the Colts aren’t even in the top half of teams throughout the NFL despite their outstanding offseason is a little harsh because they might not finish the season with a ring on their finger. Reich and the Colts have more than enough weaponry to make the critics retract their statements if Ryan is as good as he was in Atlanta.