The Colts have some of the league’s most impressive special teams players this season, with two of them battling it out for the All-Pro spot.
It’s not the ‘usual suspects’ such as All-Pro offensive guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard respectively either.
Mo Alie-Cox is PFF’s 2nd best graded tight end overall with a +90.0 grade overall despite dealing with limited playing time and a knee injury over the past few weeks.
While he’s always been highly regarded as an in-line blocker, the big bodied former basketball standout also has 17 receptions for 274 receiving yards and 2 touchdown receptions—as he continues to show development as a route runner/pass catcher.
Meanwhile, veteran cornerback Xavier Rhodes looks like a coup for Colts general manager Chris Ballard, as the former All-Pro cornerback is PFF’s 4th (tied) best cornerback with a +78.3 grade overall—including a +79.2 coverage grade.
He’s regained his prior shutdown form.
The “Rhodes Closed” in Indianapolis, as Rhodes has recorded 18 tackles, 9 passes defensed, and 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) during all 8 starts.
Lastly, Colts 1st-team special teamer, safety George Odum has a +90.7 special teams grade overall by PFF, while his 2nd-team counterpart, linebacker Jordan Glasgow has a +90.3 overall special teams grade respectively.
Odum has recorded 12 tackles (6 on special teams) this season and just played in 92% of the Colts special teams snaps against the Baltimore Ravens.
Meanwhile, the rookie Glasgow has 6 special teams tackles. He played in 75% of the team’s special teams snaps versus the Ravens last weekend. The Colts drafted Glasgow in the 6th round of this past April’s NFL Draft by envisioning him as a core special teams player.