Film Room breaks down the Colts’ newest cornerback addition

The Indianapolis Colts finally signed an outside free agent and they did so on day two of the “legal tampering” period. The team signed veteran cornerback Brandon Facyson to a one-year contract.

Facyson, 27, has spent his entire career under Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. He was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and spent three years with the team before being signed by the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2021 season.

In Facyson’s career, he has appeared in 56 games and started in 13. He has racked up 115 tackles, 14 pass deflections and one interception in his four-year career so far. He had a career season with the Raiders in 2021, starting nine games for the playoff team.

In today’s movie theater, I dive into the veteran cornerback’s film and explain why I love this signing for depth in the corner room.

Coverage capacity

Facyson is a long corner who plays with a physical advantage. What he lacks in speed and liveliness, he more than makes up for in technique and common sense. He spent his entire career learning press skills under Colts coaches Ron Milus and Gus Bradley, and it certainly shows on film.

He is patient in his media coverage and uses his hands to disrupt receivers on the line. This representative below is a perfect example. He sits in his kick-slide and only makes contact with the receiver when he dictates play.

He opens outward and pinches the receiver at the sideline on the vertical run. Once he sees the receiver slowing down for the back pass, he stops his feet and calmly stops play.

While media coverage is his strength, Facyson is also a good zone corner. He is comfortable keeping the game ahead of him and does a good job of breaking up vertical routes to his side of the pitch.

The Chargers tried to test him vertically several times in Week 18, but Facyson closed many of those opportunities. His length lets him go up and compete with any throw, and his physique really makes receivers work for every pass.

On this play below, Facyson is really making life difficult for a very good receiver in Mike Williams. He fights through the entire rep and wins, on an island, against a better jump-ball catcher.

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Run defense and tackle

While I won’t say Facyson is the best open-field tackle in the world, I like his willingness to get involved in run defense. He sets a hard edge like an outside corner and is never afraid to drop down and throw his body at a ball carrier.

He definitely needs to clean up his fundamentals a bit in this area, but I will always take an aggressive turn in defense that sometimes misses the alternative. I was super impressed on film with Facyson’s ability to slide blocks and fly to make tackles in the running game.

Areas of improvement

The biggest concerns in filmmaking with Facyson are his setting and his discipline. He has some Rock Ya-Sin issues early in his career where he tends to get beaten by a lot of double moves and misdirected plays.

His frame is only a problem when it comes to finishing tackles and playing hard down the line. He does a lot of things right mentally, he just needs to keep building that framework to put it all in place on film.

It’s hard to say that a 27-year-old can take a leap in both areas, but crazier things have certainly happened. Those two flaws got him beaten a decent amount and that’s why the Colts were probably able to get him into a cheaper, deeper role deal.

The essential

Brandon Facyson is a cheap, low-risk free agent deal that brings a veteran cornerback to the Colts. He arrives in a system he knows very well and he has just had his best season in the NFL.

At worst, Facsyon is a quality depth player who sees rotating snaps in defense. At best, he’s a player who can step in as a starter and not be a drop out of Rock Ya-Sin or Kenny Moore II at all.

It’s not a flashy signing, but I’m still a fan of bringing quality depth to an important position. The Colts still have plenty of moves to make this offseason, but I really like this early addition.


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