Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
It's been a rough year for Greg Toler.
The veteran cornerback has never been more than a decent starter in Indianapolis, but he's gone through periods of terrible play, and those periods have been more frequent this season.
On Sunday, Toler allowed 93 passing yards in his coverage, according to Pro Football Focus, most of it to rookie DeVante Parker. Of those yards, 49 of them came early in the game, as Toler tripped over his own feet and couldn't play the ball deep down the left sideline.
If it was just Sunday's game, which the Colts won with relatively strong defensive play, it wouldn't be an issue, but it's been a trend for some time now.
In his nine games played this year, Toler has allowed at least 90 yards in seven games, per Pro Football Focus. His passer rating allowed is 118.6. He's allowed three touchdowns in his last three games.
What does Indianapolis do with him? Fortunately, his contract is up after this season, and there doesn't seem any reason to re-sign him. But who will the Colts start opposite Vontae Davis then? Rookie D'Joun Smith was supposed to be the leading candidate, but he barely got on the field at all this year before being put on injured reserve last week. Darius Butler is a decent slot cornerback but struggles on the outside.
That will be one of the key problems for the general manager—whether it's Ryan Grigson or somebody else—to solve next season.