Free agency came and gone, draft came and gone. OTAs are in. What were holes are no more holes, or barely are. They improved on almost every area. Here I'll break down the strongest points and weakest points in the Colts roster, starting with the strongest points:
QB: New coaching, better players around him, Andrew Luck has nowhere to go but up.
TE: Both Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen will be the one of best tight ends in the league. Allen showed it last year, Fleener, missed time with injuries, but showed some promise too when healthy. Would have shown more if Luck didn't overthrow him too much. Hamilton knows how to get the best of Fleener. And both are great blockers too. And if Justice Cunningham shows the same poise in the season that he's showing in practices, this team will have the best group of tight ends in the league.
CB: Vontae Davis struggled earlier in 2012, but started getting better as he grasped the defense's philosophy better as the season went. There has been sometime that the Colts didn't have a CB at the caliber of Davis. Recently-acquired CB Greg Toler, drafted out of small school St. Paul's by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round with the 31st pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, will add some improvement to this CB group who was very weak just a year ago. A very good CB when healthy. Slot CB Darius Butler, acquired as a free agent in the middle of the last season, made his presence count as he had 4 interceptions, adding turnovers to a team that were needing them bad. Without Butler, these games would have been a lot harder. Butler allowed the 2nd fewest passer rating with 39.5. Toler allowed the 5th fewest with 51.5. This group looks solid and good to go for the season.
RB: Vick Ballard, a 5th round pick, played better than 1st round pick Donald Brown last season. Now Ballard seems poised to be the team's RB for the long run. Among Colts fans, Ballard, unlike Brown, is known for his power to get through the small holes to gain yards, even if it is just one. He won't stop his motor until he gains that yard. Brown was just a speed back that had poor vision that couldn't explode through a hole to fight for yards. But, even though Ballard was better than Brown, Ballard doesn't have the speed required to carry the ball 20 times a game, nor the hands to gain yards on the passing game. 4th round pick Delone Carter might be in some action only in short yard situations, if he's going to be in some action at all, because Brown might be the RB to spell Ballard. Rookie Kerwynn Williams might play only in special teams duties.
FS: For some time Antoine Bethea has been a great free safety. But last year he didn't look the same anymore. He was too scared to cover deep and missed a lot of tackles. And Bethea hasn't had an interception since 2010. After this season Bethea will become an unrestricted free agent. The Colts might opt to let him go to go younger for the position. A big name FS that will be available is Jairus Byrd. Either way, Bethea's time in a Colts uniform seems short.
As you can see, there are three strong points, with 6 players total, looking to set fire for the next 10 years. And just two weak points, 2 players in total, with one of them not even that bad. Shows how they are near complete.
And what are your strongest and weakest points heading for this season?