Today we will be taking a look at how some of the new Indianapolis Colts players faired in their first season with the team. We will also take a look at the mid season pickups as well.
To start this list we will look at the most expensive free agent the Colts added in the offseason Jameis Winston.
Signing a four year mega deal, he was looked at to come in and take the franchise to the playoffs, which did not happen. His season was filled with highs as lows as he finished the season with 31 touchdowns as well as 31 interceptions. He threw for 3,967 yards with a 66% completion mark which brought his quarterback rating to 90.2 which was the third highest mark in the AFC south. The touchdowns were tied for first in the South and good enough for first in the south. These were improvements and steps in the right direction but not enough considering the contract he was given. Moving into next year he will have to cut down on the turnovers substantially if he wants to help guide his team to the playoffs.
Chandler Jones was an offseason trade target that was expected to come in and provide the ability to rush the passer as well as contain the run. Teams knew this and routinely doubled him or ran the other way, because of this what he provided did not show up in the stat sheet weekly. He finished with just 4 sacks and 1 tackle for loss on the year. There were plenty of quarterback pressures as well as a huge momentum swinging interception he had, but you still have to wonder if they gave up to much for that type of production. How he Plays next season will greatly dictate that.
Jaquiski Tartt was brought him to help round out the backend of this defense. This might have been the best move the Colts made as he finished with 8 interceptions to go along with 5 tackles for loss, one sack, and 69 tackles from the safety position. He formed an incredible safety duo with Malik Hooker. The Colts got everything they wanted and more out of Tartt his first season in Indy. Look for him to help the defense next year as they attempt to take the leap from a mid tier defense to a top 10 defense.
Takk McKinley was a mid season trade target who unfortunately got hurt in his second game with the team. The injury kept him out for most of the second half of the season but he finished with a total of 4 sacks in just 10 games played.
Kendall Sheffield came along in the trade with Takk and provided speed in a secondary that was sorely needing it. He also provided 22 tackles in 9 games showing a willingness to play ugly and make tackles when needed. He finished the season with more pass deflections then interceptions and will have to work this offseason and coming down with the ball if he wants to help this team out more moving forward.
One of the more underrated mid season moves was for veteran corner back Desmond Trufant, who stepped right into cornerback one duties. He finished the season with 7 interceptions including 5 in his 8 games as an Indianapolis Colt. Add in 8 more pass deflections in those 8 games and Trufant made it known he was not over the hill. He also provided a veteran presence to a young secondary and the team looks forward to him returning next year.
We will be releasing our position grades and season in review shortly to stay tuned.