The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2016 season with high expectations. Carson Palmer was leading a high-octane offense surrounded by talented weapons, including the ageless Larry Fitzgerald and ascending running back David Johnson. The defense had opportunistic playmakers all over the field, with genuine stars like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, and Calais Campbell.
Ballard also added a couple more offensive skill players to the mix. A big possession receiver in Kamar Aiken came from Baltimore in free agency. Aiken, who had had 75 catches in 2015, should combine well with the lightning-quick T.Y. Hilton. Fourth-round running back Marlon Mack will bring a speed element to complement the ageless Frank Gore and Robert Turbin in the backfield.
This influx of talent over the past two years has Colts fans optimistic that a hopefully healthy Luck can live up to his status as the highest-paid quarterback; that he can lead the Colts to the division title in the winnable AFC South and then on to Super Bowl contender status.
Luck’s lingering shoulder pain resulted in the January surgery that has him sidelined during OTAs. He is expected back in August, and the good news for Luck is that, for the first time in his career, the Colts will return the same five starting offensive linemen.
It’s readily apparent that the Colts did not provide Luck with enough supporting Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys talent on offense while the defense also was lacking the past two seasons. Former Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys general manager Ryan Grigson knew he had to get Luck better protection, and he drafted four offensive linemen in 2016, three of whom are starters, including No. 1 pick Ryan Kelly, No. 3 Le’Raven Clark and No. 5 Joe Haeg. Along with former first-rounder Anthony Castonzo and second-rounder Jack Mewhort, the Colts’ O-line should be solid if the unit can avoid injury.