By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG
Despite a tough loss last weekend against the number one seed in the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts are looking forward to bigger and brighter days in the 2019 season.
And although this team ended their season sooner than later, I believe they will be great contenders in the seasons to come.
But as for now, there are a few things to look out for in the offseason.
Who will stay and who will go?
Free agency will quickly be upon us. And just as soon as the clock strikes 4 pm EST, some big trades will be happening. Names like kicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receiver Chester Rogers, safety Mike Mitchell and guard Mark Glowinski are just a few on the list of free agents. Names like these were definitely considered playmakers this season, and lots of decision making will have to happen.
NFL Draft and what positions need to be filled.
With the jackpot that general manager Chris Ballard had with drafting G Quenton Nelson, defensive linemen Darius Leonard and Braden Smith, all eyes will be on the Colts this draft season. Ballard likes to explore all avenues in finding a player that will fit in with this team. Defensively, Colts should look to fill in a couple of defensive ends, tackles and a cornerback. Offensively, wide receivers, tight ends and an offensive tackle are just a few positions to be filled. Not to say that Chris Ballard will have something up his sleeve to make it all work again. After all, he is great at what he does, and this season proved it.
Although the Colts were on a hot run towards the end of the season, it is believed that perhaps injuries have finally caught up and got the best of the Colts. T.Y. Hilton played with what we now know as an upper and lower ankle injury, that will take a few months to heal. Also during the Divisional game, center Ryan Kelly left the game with knee injury. This team now has the time to rest up and get healthy.
A Surprising Coaching Change
Earlier this week, the Colts organization announced they had parted ways with offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, and Bobby Johnson, assistant offensive line coach, accepted a position with the Buffalo Bills. This was completely a shock due to the fact that major changes came to play this season with the O Line. This will be interesting to see who will come in to replace these two.
It was an awesome and great season for the Indianapolis Colts. And in my opinion, this offseason will be a great one.
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