Colts Completely Disrespected in ESPN 'Offensive Weapon' Rankings

Colts fans should feel disrespected by ESPN's offensive rankings.
Colts fans should feel disrespected by ESPN's offensive rankings. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts had an unfortunate surprise before the 2019 season, with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck announcing his retirement during the preseason. This seemed to set the tone for the rest of the year, especially for their offense, which struggled with consistency.

The Colts took the offseason to improve their offense, both through free agency and the NFL Draft. Despite the improvements, ESPN's "offensive weapons" rankings are disrespected the Colts, ranking them at No. 26 overall.

Indianapolis made a switch at quarterback this offseason, bringing in veteran Philip Rivers, who is hungry for a Super Bowl. Rivers has been a top producer in the NFL for a long time and is often regarded as one of the league's top quarterbacks to never make a Super Bowl appearance.

At running back, last season's 1,000-yard rushing Marlon Mack returns, but is joined by two-time Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor, who the Colts drafted in the second round of the 2020 draft. Passing down back Nyheim Hines will also be mixed in and will likely be targeted often by Rivers.

The receiving corps returns long-time Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, along with last season's breakout Zach Pascal. Parris Campbell also returns, after an injury-shortened 2019 season. Additionally, Indianapolis spent a second-round pick on wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. out of USC. At tight end, Jack Doyle returns as the team's top tight end, after totaling 448 yards last season. The Colts also signed Trey Burton, who is reunited with his former offensive coordinator, Frank Reich.

This Colts team is expected by many to win the AFC South, yet ESPN has them as a bottom-10 offense. The team and fans everywhere should feel disrespected.

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