The Colts’ crop of talented safeties is one of the deepest position groups on the team and it will be fascinating to see how their playing time shakes out in 2018. Malik Hooker should recover from his torn ACL in time for the beginning of his second NFL season and Matthias Farley is coming off of a breakout year. But what can we expect from Clayton Geathers?
Geathers was enjoying a breakout year of his own in 2016 before he suffered a season-ending neck injury. He was emerging as a dominant run defender at the strong safety position and his pass coverage was improving every week. But that neck injury ended his year after just nine games, and it kept him on the sidelines until November of the 2017 season.
Geathers only played in five games to close out 2017, and he was clearly not the same player that that played extremely well the year before.
Geathers is currently recovering from offseason knee surgery, which forced him to begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. His injury history has allowed Matthias Farley to take over as the run-stuffing safety, and Farley excelled in that aspect of the game last season. If Geathers is unable to get on the field for valuable training camp reps, the Colts may just roll with Farley as the starter and bring Geathers along slowly in his recovery.
Geathers’ health will ultimately determine whether he has a future in Indianapolis after his contract expires this offseason. For now, it looks like injury issues could cause Chris Ballard to let him walk away as a free agent next March.