The NFL Offseason is in full swing and believe it or not the 2022 NFL Draft is just over three weeks away.
So far this offseason, in addition to re-signing some of their own, the Colts have upgraded their pass rush via trade by acquiring DE Yannick Ngakoue from the Raiders.
Colts announced they officially acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2022
The team also found an answer at the most important position in football, for hopefully a few years, when they moved on from Carson Wentz and traded for Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.
“When we made the trade for Carson [Wentz], Matt Ryan was not in the picture at the point … as soon as he fell into that landscape, all the focus was on Matt.”
Colts coach Frank Reich explains the transition from Carson Wentz to Matt Ryan.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) March 28, 2022
Despite these moves, glaring issues still exist for the Colts to fix before September. Regrettably, the two biggest issues directly correlated to Matt Ryan’s struggles last season in Atlanta; pass protection and offensive weapons.
Now, in defense of Indy, the fact that Jonathan Taylor is arguably the best running back Matt Ryan has ever played is a huge plus for the overall outlook this season. If the Colts don’t solidify the offensive line and obtain some playmaking receivers, however, fans will likely see the struggles Atlanta felt from Ryan last year.
Most seasons averaging 5+ yards per carry among RB over last 4 years
Nick Chubb 4
Jonathan Taylor 2
Derrick Henry 2
12 players tied 1
*min. 150 rush attempts pic.twitter.com/EdALPY1LJv
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) April 4, 2022
This is all to say that I believe Matt Ryan can lead the Colts to an AFC South Title, but only if they set him up for success…something the Falcons failed to do last year.
Gee, I wonder what changed… 🤔 pic.twitter.com/87Q5aLyeWr
— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) April 4, 2022
So where do these improvements come from and is the NFL Draft the only place for Indy to make additional significant moves this offseason?
For the answers to those questions and more The Dan Dakich Show turned to veteran Colts reporter The Dean Mike Chappell of Fox 59 and CBS 4.
Listen to that conversation below and catch The Dan Dakich Show, weekdays 12-3pm Eastern on The Fan.