Andrew Luck is the featured image for a reason. Everything Indianapolis does this season, and probably for the next decade begins and ends with that man.
The ending to last season for Indy was bittersweet in round one of the Playoff was an amazing comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs where Andy Reid choked, again Luck proved himself as one of the more clutch performers in the league. In the next round Indy took a drubbing at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the game Tom Brady was seen leaving the game with Gisele, their baby and an unpassed torch.
Fast forward to the 2014 season and things seem to be stabilizing for franchise that was in turmoil just a few short seasons ago. After two consecutive seasons of producing at a greater than expected clip the Colts have their sights set on taking the next step, playoff success.
Off Season Acquisitions:
WR Hakeem Nicks, C Phil Costa, DE/DT Arthur Jones, ILB D’Qwell Jackson, S Mike Adams.
Indy is banking on getting a motivated (and healthy) Hakeem Nicks. His last few seasons with NY were incredibly forgettable hopefully he can regain his Pro-bowl for and give Luck another weapon besides The older Reggie Wayne and the emerging T.Y. Hilton. As for Jones, Jackson and Safety Mike Adams, that Defense was atrocious last year ranking in the bottom half in Rush yards and turnovers so they need ed to add some NFL talent. If it weren’t for Robert Mathis playing like his “hair” was on fire they would have been even worse.
Key Draft Picks:
Jack Mewhort and Donte Moncrief.
After trading a 1st round pick for Trent Busty-McBusterson (Original, I know.) The Colts only had two picks in the top 150, Mewhort and Moncreif. One of their huge needs was to find better protection for Andrew Luck and his neckbeard. Mewhort may be better than what was in place last year, but not by much. He struggled mightily at Ohio State last season with NFL speed rushers such as Buffalo’s Khlil Mack and Clemson’s Vic Beasley. Unfortunately for Jack everyone in the NFL is NFL Caliber. Guard may be his position at the next level. The Donte Moncreif pick was just an example of taking the highest player on your board. The Ole Miss product has tons of talent but he is so raw that he cant be expected to fulfill any of his promise for atleast a year, maybe two.
Fantasy Impact Players:
Andrew Luck is fast establishing himself as an elite fantasy QB. The entire off-season has been geared toward getting Luck protected with as many weapons as possible, expect him to eclipse his 23 touchdown mark from the previous two seasons.
T.Y. Hilton: This may be a case of “Insert top option of elite QB here” but that’s fine. Hilton proved last year once Reggie Wayne went down that he is a legit threat and will be a force to be reckoned with this upcoming season. Hilton can scored from anywhere on the field. He will be the Colts’ Swiss army knife sitting calmly behind a glass that says “Break in case of need for Touchdown”.
Dwayne Allen, TE: I felt the need to specify who Allen is and what he does because this one is coming a bit out of left field. Follow my logic here, Elite QB has small but productive WR’s and NO power running game to speak of Where oh, where shall his red-zone passes go? How about a 6’4” 270 lbs. tight end? Allen effectively missed all of last season with an injury and will be hungry to get back on the field.
With the QB situation in Houston unsettled (nicest possible way I could have put that) The Colts have the best team in the AFC South. They should finish with a good record and try their hand at some more playoff success.
Vegas has their O/U Wins at 9.5 I will take the over and guess that Luck & Co. will continue their streak of 11-5 seasons.