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Matt Ryan and Julio Jones going to Indy

This sounds like a narrative arc that sports fantasies are made. Old partners reuniting for one last hoorah.

Ryan was named MVP in 2016, and in the NFL that is almost a lifetime ago, or mine as well be. Jones is injured way too often and is clearly not the same guy.

2021 for Matt Ryan was arguably one of his worst seasons as he threw for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. This was the first season since 2010 Ryan failed to eclipse 4,000 yards. The 20 touchdowns are tied for his second-lowest season mark as well. Also, he’s 36 years old and in football that’s old, unless you’re some guy in Tampa Bay named Brady, there may not be much left in the tank for Matty Ice.

As for Julio Jones, the past two seasons plagued his otherwise remarkable career. The 33-year-old battled injuries that past two years, and it is clear he is not that dynamic deep threat he once was. From 2014 to 2019, Jones’ lowest receiving yards in a season was 1,394. He has not reached that same number in his past two seasons combined.

It is safe to say this former young, dynamic duo have aged and received battle wounds from a tough game. Both players are worthy of the Hall of Fame, and it is easy to fathom that the NFL thanks these players for their contributions to the game.

While it would be a cool sentiment and bring the narrative behind it, it is silly for the Colts to think this moves the needle for contention in the AFC South. While the division has lowly teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, there is no way Indianapolis clinches a Wild Card spot nor take the division from the Tennessee Titans.