Each week for the rest of the season I will be doing a “Step up” article detailing who will need to step up that week and play well in order for the Colts to succeed. Week 1, the Colts go to LA to play the Rams. Some positions that will need players to step up in are quarterback, center, cornerback, and linebacker.
Starting off at quarterback, all Colts fans know that Andrew Luck will be out for at least week 1, which means Scott Tolzien will have to step up and not turn over the ball especially with the release of Steven Morris. Most Colts fans would also like to see newly acquired QB Jacoby Brissett start against the Rams, but it’s the worst possible idea throwing a QB into the fire who doesn’t know our playbook and doesn’t have any chemistry with the offense.
Next at Center, Ryan Kelly, Former 2016 first round pick, will be out for what looks to be 3 or 4 weeks with a foot injury. Because he will be out, undrafted free agent Deyshawn Bond out of Cincinnati will have to be the guy to step up and be the replacement for arguably one of the best young offensive linemen in the NFL today.
Cornerback has always been a weak spot on the Colts roster, especially now that their star Cornerback Vontae Davis out with a great injury which digs the hole deeper for corners on their depth chart. Players like Quincy Wilson, T.J. Green, Rashaan Melvin, and Nate Hairston will be the corners out there on the field in Davis’ place. My previous article explains who I think will be the starters for at least week 1 if you want an in-depth explanation.
The last position that I think players will need to step up is the only one on this list that the starter isn’t injured. Jon Bostic was a free agent Chris Ballard brought over this past off season. Antonio Morrison and injured Edwin Jackson are the two inside linebackers that were already on the roster when Ballard came over from Kansas City. At the time this was written (Tuesday 9/5), Jon Bostic and Antonio Morrison look like the likely candidates for the starting job. They’ll need to be able to step up and stop the Rams run game with Todd Gurley and watch Jared Goff to make sure he doesn’t pick up and yards with his feet.