T.J. Green is entering his third season with the Colts, and this may be the most crucial year of his young career.
Green has been a dissappointment after being selected in the second round of the draft in 2016. The Colts have a new front office in place that would not be embarrassed to cut a former top draft pick if he doesn’t show some sort of improvement.
Green had a disastrous rookie year, but he showed some signs of promise against the run last season. At 6’ 3” and 211 pounds with a 4.34-second 40-yard dash, Green has the potential to be a missile in the run game coming down from his safety position.
Unfortunately, a run-stuffing safety is not a very valuable player in today’s NFL that is almost entirely based upon the success of the passing game. And the Colts already have a solid player to fill that role in Clayton Geathers.
Green has yet to become a reliable player in pass coverage at the NFL level. Green has all the physical tools to make plays from in coverage, but he’s only broken up three passes in his career with zero interceptions.
He has yet to figure out the mental aspect of the game, and that was one of the criticisms of his skill set coming out of college.
Green hasn’t had the requisite experience at defensive back to become a cerebral player in coverage. He began his career at Clemson as a wide receiver and only started at defensive back for one year before entering the NFL.
Green’s struggles in coverage have kept him off the field in Indianapolis, and that has prevented him from getting those in-game reps to improve in coverage.
With a new coaching staff in place T.J. Green has been given a second chance with the Colts. However, safety is probably the deepest position on the roster and there may not be room for Green by the time the regular season rolls around.
If Green wants to stay in Indianapolis, he’ll need to have an impressive training camp that proves he still has unrealized potential.