Indianapolis Colts: 3 Players Facing a Make or Break Season

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Green, Defensive Back

Green had much higher expectations than Geathers when he was selected out of Clemson in the 2016 NFL draft. The Colts chose Green in the second round after a showed off his incredible speed at the combine. He posted a 4.32 40-yard-dash at the combine and oozes with potential.

However, Green came into the league very raw and it was evident he needed time to develop. The Colts threw him into the fire his rookie season and he posted the worst overall Pro Football Focus grade of all safeties in 2016. He made plenty of coverage mistakes and had mental lapses committing unnecessary penalties that hurt the Colts.

In 2017, Green showed a lot of improvement. The Colts even tried Green at cornerback early on but he ended up moving back to safety.

2018 is a crucial year for Green. At just 23 years old, he still has plenty of time to learn and develop but it’s time for him to take a major step forward as he enters his third NFL season.

The Colts do have a new coaching staff, so Green will benefit from a fresh start and new coaches that might be able to develop him better. Also in Green’s favor is the Colts’ switch to a 4-3 defense. The new scheme will allow Green to use his speed and instincts to his advantage and not think so much.

If Green doesn’t produce in 2018, he could find his way out of Indianapolis.

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