Helping address their offensive line depth, the Indianapolis Colts swung a trade on NFL roster cut-down day. Indianapolis sent a 2022 6th-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for OT/OG Matt Pryor plus a 2022 7th-round pick.
Although Pryor was up-and-down for the Eagles last season, he provides much-needed versatility as a swing lineman who can play all across the Colts’ lineup. During the 2020-21 season, Pryor started 10 games at the following positions: right guard (6), right tackle (3), left tackle (1).
Earlier in the day, Indianapolis released Will Holden, who was one of the bigger preseason disappointments after failing to develop after an impressive start last season at left tackle versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor will fill Holden’s role, while providing much more value across the entire offensive line.
When diving into the tape on Pryor, he’s a mountain of a man at 6-foot-7 and 328 pounds. However, his lack of lateral quickness was exposed on multiple occasions against speedy outside pass-rushers. Late last season in Arizona, Pryor allowed four sacks by himself failing to seal off the outside edge consistently. In the games Pryor started at guard, though, his confidence was immense. Being able to utilize his enormous size, Pryor could dominate interior defensive linemen in the interior trenches.
In Indianapolis, Pryor should slide in behind entrenched starter at right guard Mark Glowinski. If Glowinski were to miss time due to injury, Pryor could fill in and Indianapolis wouldn’t have a significant drop-off in production. As mentioned, Pryor can slide all across the line so he could play four of the five positions in a pinch.
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Overall, this is a solid move for the Colts when you realize they still receive a late-round pick from Philadelphia. Pryor is an upgrade over Holden, so it’s much-needed depth to bring on with all the questions surrounding another NFL season involving COVID-19.