Overall, the first half of the 2015 NFL season was a rough one for the Indianapolis Colts. The team dropped their first two games and at the halfway point was just 3-5 and without a win outside of the AFC South. In their ninth game, just before their bye week, the Colts notched their biggest win of the season in upsetting the Denver Broncos, but it has been rough overall for Indy.
Even the team's best players - like Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Anthony Castonzo, and Vontae Davis - have had their struggles. But at least one player has stepped up and maintained his level of play from a year ago that the Colts were counting on: safety Mike Adams. A Pro Bowler last year, Adams has again been impressive this season.
ESPN's John Clayton recently put out his midseason All-Pro team, and at the strong safety spot he had Mike Adams:
Adams made the Pro Bowl last year and he will probably do the same this year. He has five picks from the strong safety position.
Without a doubt, the veteran safety has been very good once again for Indy, and he is tied for the league lead in interceptions with five (Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson also has five). This comes one year after he tied for the league lead in takeaways with seven (including five picks). Since joining the Colts in 2014, no player in the league has picked off more passes than Mike Adams has (ten). He has mastered the art of being in the right place at the right time.
Adams was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in week five after he picked off two passes in a Colts' win over the Texans, and since then he has intercepted both Tom Brady (returning it for a touchdown) and Peyton Manning. That's not a bad resume.
Overall, Adams has started eight games and recorded 40 tackles, six passes defensed, and five picks, one of which was returned for a score. The Colts have had plenty of injuries at cornerback this year, but Adams has helped maintain a consistent presence in the secondary (as has Dwight Lowery, the Colts' other starting safety). There's little doubt that Adams has been one of the most impressive Colts players of the first half of the season, and ESPN's John Clayton has recognized him for that by naming him to his midseason All-Pro team.