Aug. 04, 2014
Could Colts' Two TE System Produce Offensive Machine?
Last season, the Colts' ground game didn't work, and injuries to many of the receiving corps' members hurt the effectiveness of the group. However, guys like TY HIlton stepped up, and many players are back healthy and ready to make an impact.
Let's take a look at the two TE system the Colts will be using this upcoming season.
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As the fullback slowly fades away in the NFL, a two TE scheme is effective in being flexible for both the run and the pass, especially when athletic targets Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are involved.
OC Pep Hamilton was a big proponent of this two TE scheme, and it didn't quite go as expected. Trent Richardson busted terribly, and even Donald Brown became fantasy relevant...
However, that also means that... Donald Brown became fantasy relevant. There's definite potential for running backs in the scheme to produce, as defenses will be kept on their toes regarding whether to defend the rush/pass. This year, Trent Richardson claims that he understands the playbook much better now, and I think he's a legitimate value as a starting running back with no one behind him (Ahmad Bradshaw is injured always, and Vick Ballard suffered another likely season-ending injury). He should silence the critics pretty soon, and validate his latter-stages draft price.
Meanwhile, the wide receivers on this team are capable of contributing, as Reggie Wayne will be back from injury, and TY Hilton may not even be a starter.That's because newly acquired ex-Giant Hakeem Nicks may have a bounceback season with a talented QB at the helm of the offense. Rookie Donte Moncrief has potential, and last year's draft pick Da'Rick Rogers could also be lightning in a bottle. Even Griff Whalen could make an impact like he did last year. The Receiving corps is surprisingly deep for Luck.
That leaves just the tight ends. Both Fleener and Allen are athletic, and the ceiling could be a Aaron Hernandez/Rob Gronkowski throwback style performance. There's no doubt that Pep Hamilton to will cater simple throws to protect his QB, and many will end up in a tight end's hands. Now, that's not gonna happen every week, but watch out for both Colts' tight ends, especially in deep leagues.
The only thing that can stop them now is a weak offensive line. But I believe that the team will be able to pull through, and this offense could be a high-octane performer.