The Indianapolis Colts have started 2-2 through the first quarter of the season. The season has been up and down with two big losses and two big wins. The colts will need to tighten the ship moving forward as they have playoff aspirations. The team has seemingly lost its identity as a rush first offense. This comes after analysts and coaches around the league felt Jonathan Taylor was utilized to often down the stretch. The Colts need to figure out quickly who they will lean on moving forward before this season goes sideways.
Here we will take a close look at each of the top contributors so far on the year.
On the offensive side of the ball :
Jameis Winston has thrown for 1019 yards with 9 touchdowns and and 12 interceptions. He has also completed 63% of his passes. So far to date he has not lived up to his $76 million dollar deal and they will need him to play better week in and out.
Jonathan Taylor has rushes for 473 yards with a 5.8 yard per carry average. He has scored 5 times on the ground and added 13 receptions and 124 receiving yards. These are solid numbers, but not what we became accustomed to last year. Part of that is on purpose as the team has focused more on a balanced offensive attack this year
Parris Campbell is enjoying a breakout year to the tune of 21 receptions for 396 yards while hauling in 5 touchdowns. The Colts have looked more for Parris this year as T.Y. Hilton looks to finally have relinquished his throne as number 1 Target.
Trey Burton is also enjoying a solid year, he has 14 receptions for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has taken over the number one tight end duties for Jack Doyle, who still contributes. Look for Burtons speed to continue to open things up in ways the Doyle could not
T.Y. Hilton is off to a slower start then he is used to. Bringing in over 1000 yards six times in his career including last year, he currently sits at a subpar 14 catches for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Colts still trust him in clutch situations but has lost a bit of a step and has seemingly fallen out of favor. If the Colts want to jumpstart this offense they need to get number 13 involved more.
Rodrigo Blankenship has done well in hit kicking opportunities, starting 9-9 in field goals. As the Colts look to run and play good defense having a good kicker in their back pocket is as useful as ever.
On the defensive side of the ball:
Darius Leonard leads the way yet again with 23 tackles 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception and 1 Defensive touchdown. He is the heart and soul of the defense and he will need to pick it up to rally his team
Chandler jones was the big offseason acquisition on the defense, so far on the year he has 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He has 8 seasons with double digit sack totals and will need to pick up the pace if he hopes to reach that total again.
Justin Houston who missed the first three games with a labrum injury had 2 sacks in his first game back and immediately proved he was sorely missed on this defense. The veteran hopes he can provide a spark for the team.
Darius Stills has been a rookie treasure. He has started off the season doing a little bit of everything including, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. He has shown a knack for the ball and played his way into more of the defensive formations.
Malik Hooker came into the year hoping to anchor the shaky secondary for the Colts and has been doing his best. Through four games he has 4 interceptions and has shown an ability to be at the right place at the right time.
Jarquiski Tartt was another offseason acquisition that has started the year with 3 interceptions. He has formed a top tier safety duo with Hooker.
Having a league MVP player on their team last year its tough to compare but it doesn’t seem like this team has anyone stepping up and away as a team mvp currently. We will check back after week 8 and see who looks to be the team mvp at that point.