We started this with the defensive tackles, and today we’re moving on to the defensive ends. For both of these positions, the Indianapolis Colts have some very young talent that they are riding on for the future of the defense.
Especially for the defensive ends, though, there are several unknowns with this unit. Tarell Basham is back home in a 4-man front, and Chris Ballard will expect to see some serious growth as a result.
Jabaal Sheard is also getting back into a familiar scheme in which he came into the league playing, and recorded 15.5 sacks in his first two seasons as a 4-3 defensive end. There are a few factors related to his game that allow me to give him some serious expectations for the 2018 season as well.
While we pushed Denico Autry and Tyquan Lewis in with the DTs, they’re also expected to be in the rotation situationally. Kemoko Turay is one who finds himself in a similar situation to that of Basham a year ago.
Turay is moving from linebacker to defensive end and offers some really electric possibilities in rushing the passer, but may be in some additional roles as well. His role could look different in the red zone with his length and ability to cover.
This is one of the more interesting groups on the defensive side of the ball. It’s also fun to think about how the Colts’ new-look front seven could produce with good chemistry. Today I give my thoughts on the group and what we might see in camp.
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