Final cuts have been made and week one of the season is finally here. For the Indianapolis Colts, they went over a drastic roster turnover from last season. Eight players return on offense, 13 return on the defensive side, and both kickers. That means out of the 53 man roster, only 23 were on the team when the season ended last year. The following are the five areas where improvement is still needed as the season begins.
This is the biggest concern for me as a fan. The line gave up a lot of pressure and was very inconsistent in the preseason. Mike Person was a nice addition that the team was able to add via a waiver claim, but won't drastically change the impact of the line. Mike McGlynn becomes essential to the unit after fans witnessed the awful play of Set Olsen in his place.
The starters all of a sudden look great after the addition of Vontae Davis. The biggest question marks are at the nickel and dime positions. At the moment Justin King, Josh Gordy, and Cassius Vaughn will be relied upon to handle these duties. Indianapolis really needs one player to step up and fill the roll.
The team certainly added a lot of speed to the roster this offseason. Fans have to hope that one of these fast, young players emerge as a viable kick returner. Both TY Hilton and Lavon Brazill appear to be decent options in the return game for Indianapolis. Cassius Vaughn is another player who has experience returning kicks.
With the loss of free agent signee Brandon McKinney and the release of rookie Chigbo Anunoby, the team was left with just Antonio Johnson at the nose tackle position. Indianapolis used a waiver claim on Martin Tevaseu from the New York Jets. This is a vital position to the teams run defense and fans have to hope that Johnson and Tevaseu hold up until Josh Chapman returns in the middle of the season.
After Antoine Bethea there is a little depth on the roster here. Tom Zbikowski hasn't looked great in the preseason and will have to prove himself when the real games start. The addition of Sergio Brown from New England certainly helps the unit and will add some depth. Hopefully the coaches see some potential out of Joe Lefeged to keep him around this season. This unit is okay but will need some players to emerge in the secondary and on special teams this year.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at www.coltsfansonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @kyler11.
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