Starters: Henry Anderson, Kendall Langford
Backups: Arthur Jones, Sterling Bailey
Despite having low expectations as a position group, the Colts’ defensive ends overachieved this past season. It all started with a rising star, Henry Anderson. The Colts found this gem in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Stanford University. He was a decent pass-rushing presence despite his low sack output, but also graded out as one of PFF’s most productive run stoppers. A torn ACL cut his season short, but the Colts are very high on this third round steal.
Kendall Langford was a free agent acquisition that many Colts fans weren’t happy about at first. Many thought he was overpaid with a 4-year $17.2 million deal because he had never had more than 5 sacks on a formidable Rams defensive line. However, Langford proved his critics wrong when he racked up 7 sacks last season after making the switch from a 4-3 defensive tackle to a 3-4 defensive end.
Arthur Jones is one of many free agent signing flops from the past few years. Chuck Pagano brought in this ex-Raven on a 5-year $33 million contract, who has missed all but 6 starts in Indianapolis. Jones took a pay-cut this offseason to stay with the Colts and make room for new contracts. If Jones doesn’t get on the field and play like he’s paid, his days in Indianapolis may be over very soon.
Sterling Bailey was a former top-10 high school defensive end whose career has been on a slide since. He only amassed 2.5 sacks in 42 games at the University of Georgia, so his lack of pass-rushing ability and production will probably lead to the end of his career with the Colts who desperately need QB pressure up front.