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Ranking the Top 20 Players on the Indianapolis Colts Roster

By meerna Jul10,2024
Ranking the Top 20 Players on the Indianapolis Colts Roster

The Indianapolis Colts have a good mix of young talent and proven veterans heading into the 2024 season. But which players make up the top half of the roster?

The Colts spent most of the offseason re-signing several of the biggest names on the roster, so they don’t have many new faces in starting roles.

But with training camp fast approaching, let’s take a look at the Colts’ top 20 players:

Ranking the top 20 players on the Colts roster

1. DT DeForest Buckner

Buckner has finished with at least 58 tackles, 10 TFLs, seven sacks and 18 quarterback hits in each season since joining the Colts in 2020. In 2023, he set career highs for tackles (81) and passes defensed (seven).

2.LG Quenton Nelson

Nelson is coming off a 2023 season in which he allowed one sack and three QB pressures, per PFF. The three QB pressures are the fewest he has allowed since the 2019 season.

3.RB Jonathan Taylor

As of 2021, Taylor is one of four RBs with 3,000+ yards rushing and 30+ touchdowns in the regular season. He is also one of four players with five+ games with 125+ yards rushing in the regular season over the last three years.

4. Center Back Kenny Moore II

Moore II is one of four players to have 255+ tackles, 14+ TFLs, 20+ passes defensed and seven+ interceptions since 2021. His eight TFLs in 2023 were a career high.

5. WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman Jr. set career highs in catches (109) and receiving yards (1,152) in 2023. His 296 catches rank seventh among wide receivers from 2021.

6. LB Zaire Franklin

Franklin tied his franchise record in 2023 with 179 tackles. Over the past two seasons, he has 346 tackles, 15 TFLs, nine QB hits, four and a half sacks, four forced fumbles and 12 passes defensed.

7. DT Grover Stewart

Despite being suspended for six games in 2023, Stewart set a career high with eight QB hits. He is a key part of the run defense and his value was evident last year when he was out of the lineup.

8.RT Braden Smith

Smith is one of the league’s best offensive playmakers when he’s on the field. He’s helped stop elite pass rushers like Maxx Crosby, making him one of the most important players on offense this season.

9. C Ryan Kelly

Kelly had a great rebuild in 2023, allowing just one sack and six hurries for the first time in a season since 2019, per PFF. He didn’t have a single QB hit for the first time in his career and had just seven pressures.

10. Lt. Bernhard Raimann

Raimann looks like a great find as a third-round pick, as he has shown that he is a starting-caliber left quarterback who can earn honors throughout his career. According to PFF, he allowed four sacks and five QB pressures in his first full season as a starter last year.

11. EDGE Samson Ebukam

Ebukam made an impact in his first season with the Colts, setting career highs in tackles (57), TFLs (10), sacks (nine and a half), QB hits (17) and forced fumbles (three).

12. EDGE Pay slips

Paye set career highs in tackles (52) and sacks (eight and a half) in 2023. He excels as a run defender and has a knack for catching the ball when he’s on the ground. He ranks third in fumble recoveries since 2021.

13. EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo

Despite playing in just 53 percent of the defensive snaps in 2023, Odeyingbo set career highs in tackles (38), TFLs (nine), sacks (eight), QB hits (17), passes defensed (two), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (two), and could earn a big payday with another strong performance this season.

14. S Julian Blackmon

Blackmon had the best season of his career in 2023. He set career highs in tackles (88), TFLs (five), passes defensed (eight), interceptions (four) and fumble recoveries (two), and will look to complete a full season for the first time.

15. LB EJ Speed

In his first season, in which Speed ​​played in over 28 percent of the defensive snaps (he played in 66 percent), he set career highs in tackles (102), TFLs (12), QB hits (two), passes defensed (four) and forced fumbles (three), making him one of the most underrated players on the Colts.

16. Quarterback Anthony Richardson

The biggest X-factor for Indianapolis this year is AR. He has the talent to be at the top of this list by next summer, but he needs to show continued development and, most importantly, stay on the field in 2024.

17. WR Josh Downs

In his first season, Downs finished with 68 receptions for 771 yards and two touchdowns. He tied Michael Pittman Jr. with 10 plays that exceeded 20 yards and had the second-most first receptions (30) on the team.

18. WR Alec Pierce

Pierce has 73 receptions for 1,107 yards and four touchdowns in his first two seasons. He looks to emerge as a deep threat in the passing attack in Year 3.

19. CB JuJu Brents

Appearing in 9 games his freshman year, Brents had 43 tackles, six pass defenses, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Like his draft classmate Anthony Richardson, he has the talent to make a leap in Year 2 if he can stay on the field.

20. EDGE Easy installation

Rookies have to earn it, but Latu enters the league as a polished pass rusher who could quickly move up this list if his game translates quickly. In his final season at UCLA, he finished with 28 tackles, 21.5 TFLs, 13 sacks, two passes defensed, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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