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30.11.2019 08:25
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move for New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Okay Quincy Wilson Color Rush Jersey , I know... I know, general manager Chris Ballard may never go for it, but..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:Free AgencyThe Colts trading for Odell Beckham Jr. would be not only splashy, but savvyNew,102commentsESTShareTweetShareShareThe Colts trading for Odell Beckham Jr. would be not only splashy, but savvyPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesThe Indianapolis Colts should make a blockbuster move for New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Okay, I know... I know, general manager Chris Ballard may never go for it, but you’ve already made it this far, so just hear me out. Colts fans know that Ballard likes picks. Not only did he trade down with the New York Jets last March before the NFL Draft in order to accumulate more selections, but he also recently stated, “I like them picks,” at this year’s NFL Combine. Coming off a grand slam of a draft class too, it only makes sense that the more “pitches” Ballard gets to hit, the more chances he gets to knock “balls out of the park”. It’s a good thing when Ballard gets more picks because there’s a strong likelihood that the Colts are going to end up with more talented players on their roster. However, this is a rare chance where a superstar wide receiver in his prime is made available—an anomaly to historical NFL trends, much like former Oakland Raiders superstar pass rusher Khalil Mack was last year. It’s true that each great dynasty has gotten there largely by developing their homegrown talent whether it’s the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, New England Patriots (yuck!), or New York Yankees, etc. No one is saying that Ballard should suddenly wheel and deal all of his draft picks in the coming years, all that I’m arguing here is that maybe this is that one time to make a rare exception. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts are additionally armed with the New York Jets 2nd round pick (Pick #34), meaning that the team could potentially package this year’s first or that pick with next year’s first round pick in order to make an attractive offer for Beckham—while still retaining an early draft pick in this year’s NFL Draft for “Ballard building”. There are very few players who should warrant such a heavy haul of draft picks, but Odell Beckham Jr. is arguably one of them. When healthy, he’s a Top 3 wide receiver in the NFL, and he’s still only 26 years old. The former 2014 1st round pick of the New York Giants is fresh off a season in which he caught 77 receptions for 1,052 receiving yards (13.7 ypr avg.) and 6 touchdown receptions in 12 starts—all while playing with an aged Eli Manning and a porous Giants offensive line. He’s the fastest wide receiver in the Super Bowl Era to reach 5,000 receiving yards. He’s a 2x 2nd-Team All-Pro, 3x Pro Bowler, and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The 6-year veteran might be the freakiest athlete in the NFL as someone who can out-run, out-jump, and simply out-acrobat opposing defensive backs. Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesDid I also mention that in another life, he might even be a star quarterback or kicker—given his successful “moonlight” attempts in the NFL already?The Colts have struggled finding a consistent go-to wide receiver on the other side of star wideout T.Y. Hilton since franchise great Reggie Wayne last played years ago. Dontrelle Inman was a pleasant surprise last season Skai Moore Color Rush Jersey , Chester Rogers has had his moments, and even Zach Pascal had some big catches last season, but the Colts could still stand to significantly upgrade. It’s nothing against that group, but they’re each ideally best suited as #3-4 wide receivers in an elite offense. Yes, franchise quarterback Andrew Luck can make any wide receiver look good—much like Peyton Manning once did when undrafted rookie Blair White caught 5 touchdown passes in the 2010 season. However, just because Luck (and Manning in the past) could, doesn’t mean the Colts front office should place them in an opportunity where they should have to. After all, the Colts are armed with $101.5M of cap space and 9 draft picks this offseason. Beckham wouldn’t be just an ordinary complement to Hilton, but a “1A” to Hilton’s “1B”, and unquestionably, the best wide receiver tandem in football—now that Antonio Brown has seemingly forced his way out of Pittsburgh. The defensive blueprint for stalling the Colts offense has been pretty standard, double cover Hilton and force other Indy receivers to consistently beat the opposing defense one-on-one. With Beckham lining up on the opposite side of Hilton, opposing defensive coordinators only have the luxury of double covering one, meaning that either Beckham or Hilton is going to see one-on-one coverage all afternoon—and as a Colts fan, that’s a matchup I’m going to take any day, every day 24/7—especially with Andrew Luck throwing the football. At only 26 years old, Beckham is young enough to fit into the Colts contending core both now and into the future—as he realistically has at least 6-7 elite seasons left. He’d also be the most talented target that Andrew Luck has ever had—and likely would ever have. With T.Y. Hilton turning 30 in November and no long-term #2 option next to him, “something has to give at wide receiver” for the Colts this offseason. Hilton still has at least two elite seasons left in him and has shown no signs of slowing down. However, can the Colts afford to wait on a young wide receiver from this year’s NFL Draft when wide receivers typically take 3 years to fully develop and Andrew Luck will be 30 himself in September?Beckham presents a rare opportunity to both contend now with and in the future.Yes, he’s a bit of a diva, but not in a polarizing, “destroy a locker room” type of way. Simply put, it’s rare when a transcendent talent like him is available these days. When a bonafide young superstar like Beckham hits the market, it’s not only splashy to strike, but simply savvy for the Colts. Saturday’s wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped to a 1-5 start.Instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason.Houston’s rebound began at the expense of the Colts (10-6) and it was thanks in part to a controversial call by Indianapolis coach Frank Reich in overtime. The game was tied 34-34 when, instead of punting on fourth-and-4 from his 43-yard line and likely settling for a tie, Reich called for a short pass from Andrew Luck to Chester Rogers. Luck’s pass fell incomplete, Houston got a 24-yard completion on the next play, and Ka’imi Fairbairn made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Texans (11-5) a 37-34 victory.“We knew that to be able to come out on the winning end of that game was a big thing for us, but that’s a long time ago,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said. “The teams have evolved over time, so it’s a new ballgame now.”The win was the first of nine straight for Houston. The Texans didn’t lose again until a visit from the Colts on Dec. 9, a 24-21 Indy victory. Houston then won two of its last three games , capped by a 20-3 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday to clinch the division — and become the sixth team since 1980 and first since 1998 to make the playoffs after a 0-3 start.The Colts’ loss to Houston in Week 4 was the second of four straight that dropped them to 1-5. Indianapolis then won its next five and nine of its last 10 to make its first playoff appearance since a 2014 AFC championship game loss at New England. Yes, the “Deflategate” game.The Colts are the third team in NFL history to reach the postseason after losing five of the first six games.These teams have more in common than their difficult starts. They’re both led by a player making a comeback after an injury.Luck returned after missing the 2017 season with a shoulder injury to throw for 4,593 yards and rank second in the NFL with 39 touchdown passes. His best games this season have come against Houston, piling up 863 yards passing with six touchdowns.Trying to slow him down on Saturday will be Houston’s comeback star J.J. Watt, who played all 16 games after starting just eight games combined in the previous two years because of back surgeries and a broken leg. Watt led the AFC with 16 sacks, had 25 quarterback hits, 18 tackles for losses and forced a career-high seven fumbles, which tied for most in the NFL.Watt said Luck has been getting rid of the ball quicker this season, which makes his job as a pass rusher much more difficult.“You try and do different things, but at the end of the day, you try and get there, and if you can get your hands up, you get your hands up,” he said. “You just try and get there. You can’t really let it affect you, and you hope maybe he holds it for an extra second.”Some things to know about Houston’s game against Indianapolis:HILTON’S INSome of T.Y. Hilton‘s most memorable moments have come against the Texans — especially when he visits Houston.The Colts’ top receiver has caught 41 passes for 933 yards with seven TDs in seven games at NRG Stadium, and in the last two trips to Houston Hilton has 14 receptions for 374 yards and two TDs. So even though he’s been hobbled by a bad ankle, which he initially injured at Houston on Dec. 9, Hilton insists he’ll be fine Sunday.“That’s probably why it’s starting to feel better,” Hilton joked earlier this week when asked about playing in Houston for the second time in a month.DESHAUN’S DEBUTHouston quarterback Deshaun Watson will make his playoff debut in his second year in the NFL. Don’t expect the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft to be daunted by the challenge after he played plenty of huge games at Clemson, highlighted by leading his team to the national title game twice. The Tigers lost to Alabama when Watson was a sophomore before he helped Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 for the 2016 national championship.“It’s just another opportunity for myself and this whole team to be able to show what we’ve got and put in the work,” Watson said. “I’ve played in a lot of big games before in college and stuff, but you can’t really pit college playoffs with the NFL. This is the hardest business, top-notch. It’s a whole new season, a whole new speed of game. So it’s going to be new for me (and) it’s going to be a lot of fun.”TURNAROUND TIMEIndy didn’t just rebound from a 1-5 start to make the playoffs. It rewrote the book.While the oft-criticized offensive line allowed a league-low 18 sacks after giving up a league-high 56 in 2017, the biggest change came on defense, where the Colts were ranked No. 11. They had the league’s leading tackler, 26 takeaways, allowed only 16.4 points over the final eight games, and were one of three teams that didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher all season.The Colts know it will take more of the same to advance.“The last time we did a good job, that was great for us, but this is a new challenge this week,” Reich said when asked about defending Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. “I’m sure they are going to try to get him going.”

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