The Indianapolis Colts wrapped up their offseason workout program last week with mandatory minicamp while most of the rookies stayed in town for the final week of OTAs.
The offseason workout program is great for building the foundation of the competitions that take place during training camp and the preseason, but it isn’t the final determination for these players. Much of what happened this spring should be taken with a grain of salt considering there is no live contact or even pads being worn.
Even so, we had plenty of storylines to take away from the workouts that will lead into training camp.
Here is the stock report on a few players following the offseason workouts:
Stock Up: RB Nyheim Hines
One of the biggest stars from OTAs and minicamp. Hines is going to be a big part of the offense in 2022, and there’s a good chance he regresses toward his career averages from the 2018 and 2020 seasons. Matt Ryan will know how to get Hines involved, and it’s clear the Colts want to correct the mistake they made last season. We should expect potentially career-high usage for the fifth year back in 2022.
Stock Down: WR Mike Strachan
Jobs aren’t won or lost in the spring, but it does help to build a foundation for the competitions. Unfortunately, Strachan was unavailable for the majority of the offseason workout program and may be a step behind the race for the No. 4 wide receiver role. He’ll have time to make it up during training camp and the preseason, but he’s not viewed as the favorite for the role when the end of July rolls around.
Stock Up: WR Parris Campbell
Another star of the offseason, Campbell has one objective in 2022: stay healthy. If the former second-round pick can do that, he’s going to be involved plenty in the passing game. His rapport with Matt Ryan is already starting on the right foot, and there’s potential for him to grow into a bigger role if he proves he can stay healthy. We’ve said that rookie Alec Pierce could push for the second-most targets on the offense. However, Campbell is likely the one standing in the way of that. It’s best to take a cautiously optimistic approach here, but the upside is clear.
Stock Down: RB Deon Jackson
Entering the offseason, Jackson was leading the competition for the No. 3 role in the backfield. Now, it’s likely he doesn’t make the roster. The additions of Phillip Lindsay and Ty’Son Williams will make it difficult for Jackson to make the roster while 2022 undrafted rookie D’Vonte Price and C.J. Verdell may offer more upside. Where Jackson can make a difference is on special teams, which would be the key to him winning the job.
Stock Up: S Nick Cross
Some of this is by default due to the shocking retirement of starter Khari Willis. Whether the Colts knew about Willis’ potential to retire during the draft is still a question mark, but they should be relieved they traded up for Cross in the third round. While he may not take the starting role right away, the job is going to be his at some point during the regular season.
Stock Down: QB Sam Ehlinger
It was never likely that Ehlinger was going to be the sole backup to Matt Ryan. The Colts were going to have to do something. What they did was sign Nick Foles to a two-year deal, essentially negating any chance that Ehlinger will be on the active roster during the regular season.
Stock Up: CB Isaiah Rodgers
It’s going to be a big year for Rodgers. After a strong sophomore campaign, the former sixth-round pick is ready for his breakout. Rodgers was arguably one of the best defenders throughout the offseason and appears on track to win the starting cornerback role opposite Stephon Gilmore. Veteran Brandon Facyson will put up a good fight, but Rodgers continues to create momentum for himself.
Stock Down: DE Ben Banogu
We didn’t hear much about Banogu this offseason. That’s typical for defensive linemen because their presence becomes more known when the pads come on. However, the Colts continue to add more pieces of competition to the edge rusher room, which means Banogu is going to be fighting for a roster spot in the final year of his rookie contract.