Player Outlook
The Colts lost a key piece to their defense (inside linebacker Bobby Okereke) this offseason and they will be installing a new defensive system, but they return one of the NFL's elite interior defensive lines, and a healthy Shaq Leonard should be a big boost. They averaged the 15th-most Fantasy points per game in 2022 and are best left undrafted, but could be worth streaming as early as Week 2 against the Texans.

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  • Colts' Ronnie Harrison: Versatile contributor in 2023

    Harrison tallied 20 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sacks, two passes defensed, two interceptions and one touchdown across seven regular-season games in 2023. Harrison spent the first 11 weeks of the 2023 season on Indianapolis' practice squad, and shortly after being called up to the active roster he was asked to switch positions to middle linebacker following the release of Shaquille Leonard. Harrison is now set to hit free agency this offseason, and his ability to contribute at both safety and linebacker could help his odds of inking a new contract quickly.
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  • Colts' Segun Olubi: Makes 26 tackles in 2023

    Olubi notched 26 tackles (20 solo), one pass defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery across 15 regular-season games with the Colts in 2023. Olubi missed two games due to a hip injury in 2023, and when healthy handled mostly a special-teams role for Indianapolis. He did start one game, Week 9 versus Carolina, and finished with six tackles (four solo), one pass breakup and one INT. Olubi is set to become an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason.
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  • Colts' Dayo Odeyingbo: Manages 8.0 sacks in 2023

    Odeyingbo logged 38 tackles (22 solo), 8.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 17 regular-season games with the Colts in 2023. Odeyingbo, a 2021 second-round pick, put together career-high numbers across the board in 2023. He's begun to find success as a key rotational pass rusher in Indianapolis' defensive scheme, and in 2024 Odeyingbo's numbers could uptick again if he's able to more consistently handle above 50 percent of defensive snaps.
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  • Colts' Nick Cross: Impresses in Year 2

    Cross racked up 39 tackles (24 solo), two pass breakups and one interception across 17 regular-season games with the Colts in 2023. Cross began his sophomore season playing mostly on special teams, but he increased his role on defense after Indianapolis' bye in Week 11, then stepped into a starting role for the final three games of the season due to an injury to Julian Blackmon (shoulder). Blackmon is now slated for free agency, so there's a possible path for Cross to take on a larger defensive role during the 2024 campaign, especially considering that he performed solidly in limited action in 2023.
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  • Colts' Grover Stewart: Plays 11 games in 2023

    Stewart racked up 41 tackles (23 solo) and a half-sack across 11 regular-season games with the Colts in 2023. Stewart missed six games due to a suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, but he otherwise started in all 11 of the Colts' contests. The veteran's numbers dipped from his 70-tackle, four-sack season in 2022, but the quality of his play on the field remained steady. Stewart is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, though the Colts could be motivated to re-sign him.
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  • Colts' JuJu Brents: Limited to nine games as a rookie

    Brents (hamstring) recorded 43 tackles (30 solo), six passes defended with one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across nine regular-season games with the Colts in 2023. Brents dealt with injuries during his rookie campaign, beginning with a pre-draft wrist issue. He then suffered a mid-season quad injury that forced him to miss six games, and a hamstring issue that forced him out of Indianapolis' season finale. Brents' hamstring injury doesn't appear to be something that will impact his availability for training camp, however. He's said that his focus during the offseason will be on improving his durability, per Nate Atkins of the Indianapolis Star.
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  • Colts' Jaylon Jones: Exceeds expectations as rookie

    Jones racked up 44 tackles (33 solo) and five passes defended across 17 regular-season appearances with Indianapolis in 2023. The 2023 seventh-round pick was thrust into a starting role early in his NFL career due to a season-ending injury to Dallis Flowers (Achilles), and by Week 8 he was handling more than 90 percent of defensive snaps. Jones played an impressive 763 defensive snaps as a rookie, and while he may not retain a full starting role for the 2024 campaign, he has certainly solidified himself as a key cog in the Colts' secondary.
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  • Colts' Kwity Paye: Tallies 8.5 sacks in 2023

    Paye notched 52 tackles (31 solo), 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries across 16 regular-season appearances in 2023. Paye solidified himself as one of the Colts' more exceptional defensive players in 2023, setting a new career-best sack threshold. The 2021 first-round pick could be a candidate to reach double-digit sacks with another year in defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme, as Indianapolis' defense as a whole ranked fifth in the NFL with 51 sacks in 2023.
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  • Colts' Julian Blackmon: Impressive numbers in contract year

    Blackmon (shoulder) racked up 88 tackles (65 solo), eight passes defensed with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries across 15 regular-seasongames with the Colts in 2023. Blackmon missed the last two games of the year due to a shoulder injury, and Indianapolis' secondary suffered for it, especially in the team's season-ending playoff loss to the Texans. The safety tallied career-high marks across the board in the final year of his rookie contract, emerging as one of the more dependable players in the Colts' secondary. If Indianapolis doesn't ultimately re-sign Blackmon, he won't have a shortage of interest on the free-agent market.
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  • Colts' Michael Tutsie: Agrees to deal with Colts

    The Colts signed Tutsie to a reserve/future contract Tuesday. Indianapolis cut Tutsie from its injured reserve list prior to the start of this season, but he'll now have a chance to compete for a place on its 53-man roster for 2024. He's still waiting for the opportunity to make his regular-season NFL debut.
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  • Tony Brown: Waived by Indy

    The Colts waived Brown on Monday. Brown was suspended by Indianapolis on Dec. 19 for conduct detrimental to the team. His suspension took place over the final three games of the regular season before he was waived by the team Monday. Brown played in 12 contests during the campaign, logging 56 snaps on defense and 251 on special teams. He finished with 10 tackles (eight solo), an interception and a forced fumble.
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  • Al-Quadin Muhammad: Suspension lifted

    The Colts activated Muhammad from the reserve-suspended list Monday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Muhammad was suspended six games on Dec. 6 for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and did not play a snap in 2023. He last played in 2022 for the Bears, when he accumulated 29 tackles (15 solo), including one sack, and one forced fumble over 16 games.
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  • Colts' Samson Ebukam: Quiet to end good season

    Ebukam recorded three tackles (one solo) in Saturday's 23-19 loss versus the Texans. Over 17 games this year, Ebukam recorded 57 tackles (39 solo), including 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. Although he couldn't quite reach the double-digit threshold, his sack total in 2023 was a career high. He currently figures to start on the edge again for the Colts come Week 1 of the 2024 season.
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  • Colts' DeForest Buckner: Gets sack in season finale

    Buckner recorded six tackles (one solo), including a sack, in Saturday's 23-19 loss versus the Texans. Over 17 games this season, Buckner recorded 81 tackles (45 solo) including eight sacks and two forced fumbles, adding a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. His tackle total was a career high, and his production as a pass rusher remained remarkable for a defensive tackle. Perhaps just as impressive is the fact he still hasn't missed a game since 2020. He has one year remaining on his current contract and is clearly still one of the league's better interior defensive linemen.
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  • Colts' Kenny Moore: Season-low tackle total Saturday

    Moore recorded two tackles (two solo) in Saturday's 23-19 loss versus the Texans. Over 16 games this season, Moore recorded 93 tackles (68 solo) including 1.5 sacks, adding six interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. He couldn't quite manage his second career 100-tackle year, but he'll look back fondly on a Week 9 game at Carolina in which he got two pick-sixes. He enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
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  • Colts' E.J. Speed: Career-high tackle total Saturday

    Speed recorded 13 tackles (10 solo) in Saturday's 23-19 loss versus the Texans. Over 16 games this season, Speed recorded 102 tackles (78 solo) including a sack and three forced fumbles. It was a career-best year for him in essentially every category. He has one more season on his current contract and currently figures to play a significant role at linebacker for the Colts again in 2024.
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  • Colts' Zaire Franklin: NFL's second leading tackler in '23

    Franklin recorded nine tackles (three solo) in Saturday's 23-19 loss versus the Texans. Over 16 games this season, Franklin recorded 179 tackles (107 solo) including 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Somehow, he improved on his monster year in 2022, finishing with more total tackles than everyone in the league except for Bobby Wagner (183). He's under contract for 2024 and currently projects to start at middle linebacker for the Colts come Week 1.
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  • Colts' JuJu Brents: Won't return Saturday

    Brents (hamstring) has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's contest against the Texans, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports. Brents was injured on the first play of the third quarter following a rough first half trying to slow down Houston receiver Nico Collins. With Brents now ruled out for the remainder of the game, Darrell Baker is likely to absorb his defensive snaps. Brents will finish the contest with two tackles (both solo).
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  • Colts' JuJu Brents: Injures hamstring Saturday

    Brents suffered a hamstring injury against Houston on Saturday and is questionable to return. Brents was injured on the first play of the second half and subsequently headed to the medical tent. He's been diagnosed with a hamstring issue, and his return is questionable. Darrell Baker has taken over for Brents in the win-and-in matchup.
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  • Colts' Kenny Moore: Good to go Saturday

    Moore (back) is active for Saturday's game against the Texans, Raven Moore of the Colts' official site reports. Moore was a late scratch for Week 17 against the Raiders after sustaining a back injury during practice. He was able to practice in full Wednesday and Thursday and is good to go for the Colts' regular-season finale.
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