Indianapolis Colts: 3 Players Facing a Make or Break Season

Colts, safety, Clayton Geathers
Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports

Clayton Geathers, Safety

Geathers, 26, is a member of the Colts 2015 draft class. He was selected in the fourth round after four years with Central Florida. He has shown plenty of potential when on the field, but his injury history is a bit concerning.

Geathers played 15 games his rookie season, finishing with 34 tackles, a fumble recovery, and a pass deflection. He played nine games last season, finishing with 59 tackles, five pass deflections, and a forced fumble. Geathers only appeared in five games for the Colts last season.

The stats pop out from the 2016 season in which he played nine games. He was having a breakout year and becoming a fan favorite as a hard hitter. Geathers suffered a neck injury that cut his season short and delayed his 2017 season until late November.

When he did return from the injury, he was on a snap limit and wasn’t the same player at all. It appears the neck is healthy now, but he underwent knee surgery in the offseason that held him out until a week into training camp.

Geathers is in a contract year and his future in Indianapolis ultimately decides on how he plays this season. Matthias Farley has emerged at safety for the Colts and 2017 first round pick Malik Hooker has fully recovered from his ACL surgery, so Geathers isn’t guaranteed to have his starting spot back.

If Geathers wants to remain in Indy, he must stay healthy and produce this season for the Colts inexperienced defense.

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