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STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
The Colts proved in 2013 that their dramatic turnaround the year before was no fluke, as they put together a second consecutive 11-win effort to win the NFC South. However, an offseason that failed to fill sizable holes on the offensive line and defensive backfield, along with a suspension to Robert Mathis, could put a third consecutive playoff appearance in jeopardy.
Despite dealing with depth issues at wide receiver and an erratic ground game, quarterback Andrew Luck was able to cover up many holes with his game savvy and sneaky running ability. Luck managed to throw for 3,822 yards despite losing Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL in the seventh game of the season. T.Y. Hilton picked up the slack by increasing his production in his second campaign. After Hilton, however, the receiving corps was in constant flux. Darrius Heyward-Bey was a bust as a free agent signing. Da'Rick Rogers, Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill each had big games but lacked consistency. To help the unit, the Colts signed former Giants star Hakeem Nicks. Meanwhile, tight end Coby Fleener contributed by increasing his production in his second season to 608 receiving yards with four touchdowns. He nearly doubled his targets, in large part due to Dwayne Allen suffering a season-ending hip injury in Week 1. Allen looks healthy heading into training camp, so the two may work in a timeshare this year.
Indy's running game ended up being a game of musical chairs