The Colts’ secondary needs to improve in 2018 after Indianapolis’ pass defense ranked 32nd in the league last season. Pro Football Focus doesn’t like the look of the Colts’ defensive backfield heading into the regular season, and much of their analysis was based on their lack of proven players at cornerback.
Indianapolis is going to need one of their inexperienced cornerbacks to step up next season if they want to improve in that area, and Pierre Desir would love to be that breakthrough player as he plays on a one-year deal this season.
The Colts claimed Desir off of waivers last season after Seattle released him on their final day of roster cuts, and Chris Ballard re-signed him to a one-year deal in March. Desir appeared in nine games for Indianapolis in 2017, starting six of them, and he was an aggressive playmaker at cornerback breaking up a career-high seven passes along with an interception.
Despite those impressive box score stats, Desir struggled to stay in front of receivers on a consistent basis last season and his play was one of the reasons the Colts ranked so low in pass defense.
At 6’ 1” with fairly good movement skills, Desir has the potential to develop into a really solid cornerback. However, he’s been unable to put together a full season of above-average play during his four-year career, which explains why he’s bounced around the league so much after being selected in the fourth round in 2014. Desir could earn a starting role this year and become the player that his physical attributes suggest he could be, or he could fall victim to training camp cuts for the second year in a row and be looking for a new job in September.
Based on Desir’s career thus far, I don’t think he will be in the Colts’ future plans after this season.