Like Indy's O-line, the cornerback squad has declined into chaos since the superbowl and hasn't really found itself. Vontae Davis was a fantastic move - when he's healthy. Letting Tim Jennings leave was another fantastic move. Hopefully, picking up Greg Toler will be enough to finally cement Indy's pass defense (along with Bethea and Landry). Meanwhile, Josh Wilson has the Stampede Blue cornerback preview.
The biggest success of the cornerback position last year, however, was Darius Butler. Signed by the Colts on September 25, Butler would play in 11 games for the Colts in 2012, starting 4. He notched 31 tackles, 7 pass deflections, 4 picks, 2 touchdowns, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Butler was a huge part of the Colts' playoff run and was rewarded when the Colts re-signed him this offseason, a move that I was very certain should happen.
Bulter might be a good nickel-guy, but I can't see him accruing decent playing time unless the Colts get plagued by injuries this year. If the 5th year DB is starting games mid-season, something has clearly gone wrong (and let's pray it isn't Vontae Davis again).
I think Butler will get significant time at slot corner this season, and could be a great rotational piece. As for the CB position in general, ideally we'd have more depth behind two admittedly injury- prone players, but I don't see Grigson making another big move before the season opener. It would be awesome if we could grow up some of the guys who are fighting for a roster spot, but that takes time and coaching resources the Colts may not have. I think the biggest factor for this group is going to be how much of a pass rush is generated by the front seven and how effective Landry is at stopping the run. With Werner and Mathis meeting at the QB and Laron sniffing around in the box, other offenses should feel some heat and force some decisions, resulting in big plays from a secondary with potential. It all comes down to how the defense works as a whole, though. I couldn't be more excited to see Pagano's schemes come to fruition, especially with all these new pieces in place.
@WaynewideopenTD He'll get playing time for sure - especially if Indy can force teams into passing situations - but as a starting cornerback, he'll become a target for opposing quarterbacks. With that much pressure, he's sure to make mistakes.