Looks like the Colts have found their playmaker. Welcome to the NFL Da' Rick Rogers. Anytime you can make an entrance to the tune of 6 catches, 107 yards and 2 TDs you can take a bow anytime you like son. Most Colts fans have been waiting to get a glimpse of the highly touted Tennessee Tech product and finally did just that after making his debut (albeit a brief one) last week against the Titans. After yet another abysmal performance from DHB, the door was left cracked became blown open for the Colts to make changes on offense in an attempt to find playmakers for Andrew Luck as they close out the season and get ready for the playoffs. Ever since 87 went down and was lost for the season, the Colts passing attack has been anything but, lacking any punch whatsoever and putting Indy's most important player behind center in punishing game situations.
I've said before that one of the things that has grounded the Colts running game is the lack of proving playmakers at the WR position. If the numbers put up by Rogers and even second year player Levon Brazill are any indication of how potent this Colts offense can be, teams will no longer be able to put 8 men in the box whenever Trent Richardson is in the game or Brown for that matter on "obvious running downs." Can you imagine how scary this Colts offense can be when Luck has a solid running game to go along with a passing attack that opponents have to account for now? Not only will the presence of Rogers change the way defenses approach trying to derail the Colts offense, but this will make the defense better as well. When offenses can score points, it puts pressure on the opponent's offenses to keep up in kind. That means they will take more chances, which in turn plays right into the hands of the Colts defense.
With the new pieces quietly being added on the defensive side of the ball as well like Josh McNary and Daniel Adongo "unchained" this team is shaping up to be quite the dark horse that no one will want to see in the post season. The Colts are the NFL's enigma right now. You just don't know what you'll get from them from week to week. Call me crazy, but I actually think that's a "good" thing. To be a team that doesn't look good enough to be "number 1" one week, yet too good to ignore the next makes them (fly under the radar) in the eyes of conventional critics as well as their competition. Kinda like the 2005 Steelers. Get ready for a bumpy ride folks. This is about to get interesting.