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Indianapolis Colts: Edge Kwity Paye
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The Indianapolis Colts have one of the league’s most intriguing pass-rushers coming up for their defense.
Kwity Paye, the No. 21 pick in 2021, made an early impact as rookie. He started in all 15 games that he played and racked up 32 tackles, three tackles for a loss, 16 pressures, 10 quarterback hits, six knockdowns, five hurries, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
While those are decent numbers for a first-year edge-rusher, Paye has the potential to make a massive leap in 2022. The Michigan product had little support last year, but PFF still gave him the highest pass-rushing grade on Indy’s roster and a top-35 grade league-wide.
Paye is in line for a boost in production due to Indy’s addition of Yannick Ngakoue in free agency. The proven veteran should alleviate some attention on the second-year defender.
With more support around him and another offseason of preparation, Paye could cement himself as one the NFL’s most feared pass-rushers this season.
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Who was the biggest winner from Colts OTAs and minicamp?
by Jerry Trotta
The Indianapolis Colts are officially in summer vacation mode. With mandatory minicamp concluding on Thursday, players, coaches and trainers will go their separate ways before reuniting in late July for training camp.
What organized team activities and minicamp lack in intensity they make up for in providing clarity to roster battles and highlighting which players have momentum on their side in terms of making the roster. On the flip side, however, these practices give insight into players who have an uphill climb to make the team.
But what about players who are already cemented as starters or key role players? What do they have to gain from OTAs and minicamp? With an extremely deep roster, there was no shortage of Colts players who entered summer break as big-time winners from spring practices.
Between Nyheim Hines, Bobby Okereke, Parris Campbell and rookie safety Nick Cross, it’s tough to say who emerged as the Colts’ biggest winner. If we had to pick somebody, though, we’d give the cake to cornerback Isaiah Rodgers.
Colts DB Isaiah Rodgers is poised for a breakout year in 2022.
Rodgers was all the rage throughout OTAs and minicamp. After earning the most playing time of his career in 2021, Rodgers continued to showcase his elite ball skills and ability to change direction on a dime to keep up with Indy’s receivers. As a result, the young DB proved to be a headache for Matt Ryan by breaking up passes left and right.
The competition between Rodgers and veteran Brandon Facyson is shaping up to be the most compelling roster battle in training camp, and it’s fair to say Rodgers has the inside track after his sublime OTAs and minicamp.
Following the departures of Xavier Rhodes and Rock Ya-Sin, who was surprisingly offloaded in the trade for Yannick Ngakoue, there’s a path for Rodgers to claim the starting spot opposite free-agent pickup Stephon Gilmore.
In 2021, Rodgers posted 49 tackles, seven passes defended, three interceptions and a 71.0 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus that ranked second on the defense behind Ya-Sin for players who logged at least 500 snaps.
A natural playmaker, Rodgers’ role in Matt Eberflus’ defense increased as we got deeper into the season last year. In fact, the 2020 sixth-round pick played nearly 80% of the snaps over the final three games.
If he continues this level of play into training camp, he could be in for that big of a workload on a permanent basis in Gus Bradley’s defense
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No debating here, not who was the best blah blah, but your top 3 favorite seasons. I bring this topic up because of Goose passing away. My top 3 are:
3. 2012 - Andrew Luck's rookie season. We went from 2-14 to 11-5 and made the playoffs. All the great comebacks Luck had were so exciting. So many great games that season. 11-5 is 11-5. At that time my nick name for Luck was 'The Natural'. Such a fun season.
2. 1995 - Made the AFC Title Game and was a play away from the SB. Harbaugh and Goose. Too bad Faulk was injured but that playoff run was awesome! Our defense was so solid and Harbaugh was magical when it counted.
1. 2006 - It is #1 because we won the SB. We had to go through Ray, Ed, and McNair at Baltimore, then beat Tom and BB + beating the Bears was sweet because around here there are a lot of Bears fans. Peyton's legacy was on the line and he got it done with a perfect 2nd half vs the Pats. Bob Sanders could've been MVP for the whole playoffs in reality.
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