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Colts offensive line ranked 10th in NFL

Kevin Hickey 

 

The Indianapolis Colts offensive line was ranked 10th in the NFL entering the 2022 season by Pro Football Focus.

As Pro Football Focus put the rankings into tiers, the Colts found themselves in the second tier labeled “High Floor,” which consisted of eight teams overall.

Their projected starting lineup for the Colts included Matt Pryor at left tackle and Danny Pinter at right guard, which falls in line with what we projected following minicamp.

Losing two starters from a year ago is quite the blow, but the core of Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith is still elite. Plus, there is reason to think the Colts’ options at left tackle and right guard are more than capable of holding their own. Third-year offensive lineman Danny Pinter earned a 74.7 overall grade on 226 snaps at mostly center last season. Matt Pryor was similarly impressive in limited playing time, posting a 76.5 overall grade on 438 snaps at mostly right tackle last season. If they continue to succeed in full-time roles, the Colts will finish at a much higher ranking on this list.

The Colts haven’t yet found the solution to the retirement of Anthony Castonzo. However, they liked what they saw from Pryor in his spot-start against the Las Vegas Raiders, and they are very excited about the potential of rookie Bernhard Raimann.

Pinter is a bit of a wild card at the position simply because he hasn’t held a starting role yet. What we saw from him both at center and right guard in 2021 provides plenty of optimism that he can hold his own between Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith.

The offensive line will continue to be a major part of the team’s success and if they can get a bit more consistency from the left tackle position, this unit is likely to move up the rankings.

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12 minutes ago, lollygagger8 said:

I think Pryor is more of a wild card at LT than Pinter is at RG

 

Agreed. I think we can be sure we'll be okay at RG, even if it's not Pinter. We don't know what's gonna happen at LT though.

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1 hour ago, Bolt Colt said:

Colts offensive line ranked 10th in NFL

Kevin Hickey 

 

The Indianapolis Colts offensive line was ranked 10th in the NFL entering the 2022 season by Pro Football Focus.

As Pro Football Focus put the rankings into tiers, the Colts found themselves in the second tier labeled “High Floor,” which consisted of eight teams overall.

Their projected starting lineup for the Colts included Matt Pryor at left tackle and Danny Pinter at right guard, which falls in line with what we projected following minicamp.

Losing two starters from a year ago is quite the blow, but the core of Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith is still elite. Plus, there is reason to think the Colts’ options at left tackle and right guard are more than capable of holding their own. Third-year offensive lineman Danny Pinter earned a 74.7 overall grade on 226 snaps at mostly center last season. Matt Pryor was similarly impressive in limited playing time, posting a 76.5 overall grade on 438 snaps at mostly right tackle last season. If they continue to succeed in full-time roles, the Colts will finish at a much higher ranking on this list.

The Colts haven’t yet found the solution to the retirement of Anthony Castonzo. However, they liked what they saw from Pryor in his spot-start against the Las Vegas Raiders, and they are very excited about the potential of rookie Bernhard Raimann.

Pinter is a bit of a wild card at the position simply because he hasn’t held a starting role yet. What we saw from him both at center and right guard in 2021 provides plenty of optimism that he can hold his own between Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith.

The offensive line will continue to be a major part of the team’s success and if they can get a bit more consistency from the left tackle position, this unit is likely to move up the rankings.

I agree with this 100%. Have them ranked in the 8-10 range myself. So this is fair IMO.

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Great run blocking, suspect pass blocking (largely due to LT and guys playing banged up).

 

Talent-wise…Q, Kelly and Smith make it a top 10 unit.
 

But Kelly wasn’t all that great and Q was dealing with injuries and wasn’t his usual, consistently elite self.
 

Hopefully thats not the case this year. 

 

TBH, this might be the first season in a few years that I haven’t been super confident in pass blocking. But the talent is there.

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Ryan is going to feel like he has died and gone to heaven with the 10th ranked OL!

 

The Falcons come in at 28th! I mean 28, that is bad and that is the type lines he has had to play behind. I am so excited for him and can't wait to see what he does this year. I know what the Falcons will be doing, the QB will be running for his life, the RB won't be able to run the ball, but at least the fans that loved to bag on Matt won't have him to blame1

 

GO COLTS!!

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I think it should be emphasized that if Pryor and Pinter are what we hope they will be, this ranking will go up.   
 

And I’m not expecting anything from Raimann this season other than being the 6th OL who will come in to block on 3rd and short.  If he’s starting either at LT or RG I think that’s a bad sign for our line. Injuries or poor performance. 

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