The pressure is well and truly on the Indianapolis Colts to perform during upcoming season after an array of offseason signings.
After a campaign that ended in devastating fashion following a brutal 45-7 defeat to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, the Colts brought in several key reinforcements across the board.
Indianapolis certainly have the Super Bowl in their sights, and after signing established veterans such as running game Frank Gore, wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end Trent Cole, the Colts every chance to win the Lombardi Trophy again.
Aiming to win it all
Quarterback Andrew Luck is looking to win his first Super Bowl after an impressive start to his NFL career, but to do that he will have to see a dramatic improvement from the Colts' defense.
Indianapolis were shockingly bad on the defensive side of the ball in the AFC Championship Game, with their run defense torn to shreds as the Patriots' LeGarrette Blount helped New England to 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
But one of the reasons that the Colts were average at best defensively during the last campaign was because of the absence of star defensive end Robert Mathis, who missed the entire season.
2015 is set to be a whole different story though for Mathis, with Colts fans likely to be glad to know that the star defensive player is making massive strides towards a full recovery from his Achilles injury, according to reports.
“It’s awesome. We’re making big strides, clearing a lot of hurdles and I’m very encouraged,” Mathis said, according to ProFootballTalk. “There’s not a lot I can’t do. It’s more just being cautious, taking it one step at a time, just taking it like that.”
Mathis did miss the Colts' OTAs last week, which he was disappointed about, but he says he will be definitely fit and raring to go come Week 1 of the regular season in September.
“It’s frustrating because I’m used to going 100 miles an hour or whatever. Just have to be smart. I’m at the stage of my career where hey, smart not hard, Mathis added.