No. 3 Post-Week 2 AFC South Power Ranking: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts' decision to draft the inexperienced yet talented Anthony Richardson seemed like a bold move but it could pay off down the road. Despite the fact that the former Florida Gator came out of the collegiate ranks without much experience, he doesn't seem to be fazed by the leap to the NFL. Although his statline isn't something to write home about, he hasn't looked out of place in his first two starts.
Expect Richardson to get better but also to experience lots of growing pains. That said, he seems to be headed in the right direction. The same can't be said about the rest of the Colts' roster. Michael Pittman Jr. has become Richardson's favorite target, hauling in 16 receptions for 153 yards with one touchdown. However, he's averaging fewer than 10 yards per catch and needs someone else to draw coverage away from him.
Running back Zach Moss did well in his 2023 debut, toting the rock 18 times for 88 yards. He should be able to hold the fort while Jonathan Taylor recovers from the ankle injury he's dealing with but he's better suited for a reserve role. On defense, the Colts still have a stout front four but their secondary could use some upgrades. Having linebacker Shaquille Leonard back in the fold certainly helps.
It's early in the season but Indy appears to be the same team that was projected to win five or six wins a few months ago. Things could take a turn but they may need another draft class or two before they can legitimately compete for the AFC South title. For the time being, they got their first win of the year when they beat the Texans in Week 2.