Indianapolis Colts rookie Kwity Paye is otherwise known as the premier defensive end in the 2021 NFL Draft. Paye had high expectations entering the league after the show that he put on at the collegiate level during his time at the University of Michigan, and the team clearly banked on him making an impact right away, especially after they sacrificed their top draft capital to secure his services.

Instead, the Colts sit at 3-4 on the year, and despite coming off a Sunday Night Football 30-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers, things haven’t gone according to plan.

It’s normal for newcomers like Paye to experience growing pains. In Week 7, his initial pressure on San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led to a fumble that was forced by Al-Quadin Muhammad. The rusher helped to put together an impressive series that resulted in his best play in the NFL so far, which says a lot about the player that he’ll continue to develop into.

However, Paye’s pass rush game has been far less than impressive. Now’s the time to talk about the growing pains that I mentioned earlier. At six-foot-two and 260 pounds, the rookie has struggled at using his strength to make it past the opposing team’s offensive linemen. After all, Indianapolis did go all-in on Paye because he was one of the top pass-rushers available on the draft board. So, what could this mean for the Colts?

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