Most pundits this offseason have praised the great work done by the Indianapolis Colts. Key additions include quarterback Matt Ryan and cornerback Stephon Gilmore in addition to high-ceiling draft picks like receiver Alec Pierce, tight end Jelani Woods and tackle Bernhard Raimann.
Long-time NFL author and media personality is bucking the trend and has the Colts going backwards within the first edition of his NFL Power Rankings.
King has the Colts all the way in which right down to No. 21 after a 9-8 season that saw Indianapolis miss the playoffs. King doesn’t appear to think Ryan is way of an upgrade over the departed Carson Wentz.
It’s an excellent cliché within the NFL, but so true in regards to the Colts: They’ll go so far as the quarterback takes them. After a three-year, 27-23 post-Luck run with Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz, now they settle right into a season with 37-year-old Matt Ryan and a suspect receiving corps that features three recent second-round picks—Parris Campbell (2019), Michael Pittman Jr. (2020) and Alec Pierce (2022). Ryan’s 7.1-yards-per-attempt with Atlanta last 12 months was his lowest in eight years, and Frank Reich has been hungry to begin stretching the defense with some deeper throws. So we’ll see if Ryan can still air it out. The Colts have the talent to win the AFC South, and the defense is nice enough to maintain them in games. They need a quarterback who makes receivers higher and who’s within the constructing for greater than 10 or quarter-hour. Ryan’s the newest hope for those jobs. – Peter King, ProFootballTalk
Ryan’s 7.1-yards-per-attempt was near a profession low for the previous Atlanta Falcon. Ryan also played behind one among the worst offensive lines in football and lost Julio Jones before the season, and Calvin Ridley’s season never got began before excusing himself from the team on Halloween.
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There’s reason to imagine, while not the strength of the team, the Colts receiving corp. is stronger than Kyle Pitts, Russell Gage, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Olamide Zaccheaus, the Falcons four-leading receivers in 2021.
And there isn’t any debating the Colts superiority within the trenches.
While power rankings in May are an exercise in futility, it is a bit of a stretch to think the Colts will regress in 2022. Dan Hanzus of NFL.com has the Colts at No. 12 and ESPN’s Power Index places the Colts at No. 8.
Time will tell who’s closest in terms of predicting the long run of the 2022 season, but when King is picking the Colts at No. 21, we just like the under.