The Indianapolis Colts have released their first depth chart of the season. The unofficial list was released heading into Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets.
Coach Chuck Pagano stated that every position was written in pencil, save one that was in thick black ink. One lucky QB can sleep soundly knowing that his position is safe.
There will likely be a number of little changes in the coming weeks, but it gives us a good idea of the bubble (and rookie) players standing with the team.
LG: 1) Jack Mewhort 2) Chad Anderson 3) Eric Pike
C: 1) Khaled Holmes 2) Jonotthan Harrison 3) FN Lutz
Base 3-4 Defense
DE: 1) Cory Redding 2) Ricky Jean Francois 3) Tyler Hoover
P: Pat McAfee
K: 1) Adam Vinatieri 2) Cody Parkey
LS: Matt Overton
KR: 1) Donte Moncrief 2) Daneil Herron
PR: 1) T.Y. Hilton 2) Griff Whalen
- The wide receiver position is a bit confusing here. In actual depth terms, its Wayne, Hilton, Nicks, and Moncrief. Whalen has been a stud in camp and will likely make the roster on special teams. Rogers is looking like the odd man out; while he has great potential, he’s far too inconsistent. The Colts could go with six WRs, and that would ensure Rogers a spot.
- The offensive line depth, and starting talent, is a bit terrifying. There are simply far too many unknowns on the list right now. That said, Louis has taken first team snaps in practice and has looked good while doing it. Mewhort is also having a very good camp as well. Additionally, there is a player named FN Lutz on the roster (and he’s from Indiana State).
- Given the injury history of the starting safeties, I’d expect the Colts to enter the season with an extra player at the position. The same could be said of the running back position.
- There is some nice depth across the defensive line. The Colts should be able to get consistent play even with the rotation guys, but that might not be a good thing.
- Yes, Hasselbeck will continue to eat up $4 million this season as a backup QB. Pagano is pleased with the situation, and stated that if the Colts had a quality backup in 2011, he wouldn’t be here. Can’t argue with that logic.
- Hilton hasn’t been doing all that much work in camp on punt returns. The Colts can’t afford to lose him to injury on a punt return and I doubt he ends up with job on a regular basis. It also wouldn’t surprise me if you rarely saw Moncrief returning kicks either, but that is a good way for him to get on the field consistently.
- Werner will start while Mathis serves his suspension. This could turn out to be a good thing for his development. Werner’s first start will be against Peyton Manning, so it will be trial by fire for him.
- Havili will be the starting FB once he’s off the PUP list, and the team shouldn’t have more than one player at this position on the active roster in a month.
- Newsome has been impressive so far in camp and the coaches rewarded him with his spot on the depth chart. It also shows just how poor some of the other bodies in camp have been.
- Obviously this list is geared towards players with experience, but the starters are basically set. Safety and offensive line could change, but that’s really it.
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