Indianapolis Colts Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions

Brian Goldsmith@coldy4goldyContributor IIIAugust 2, 2012

Indianapolis Colts Roster 2012: Latest News, Cuts, Preseason Predictions

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    The new era of the Indianapolis Colts has begun. Gone are Bill Polian, Jim Caldwell and Peyton Manning. In are Ryan Grigson, Chuck Pagano and Andrew Luck. Goodbye, Cover 2 defense; hello, 3-4 defense.

    Sixty of the 90 players in training camp are new to the team. In fact, when former Colts coach Tony Dungy visited on the first day of Colts practice, he only saw seven players from his 2006 Super Bowl team.

    With all that turnover and so much unknown heading into training camp, it is an exciting time to follow the Colts. This is truly a team that is being built from the ground up, and the foundation is being laid right now.

    We'll be following, analyzing and updating the roster throughout training camp, so read on for the latest.

August 31 Cuts

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    Justin Snow (LS):  Longtime Colts long snapper, Justin Snow, was released from the team. The Colts will most likely go with the younger and cheaper, Matt Overton at long snapper. Snow is still a very good long snapper/speacial teams performer, and has a fair chance to land with another team.

    Mike Tepper (OT):  The Colts released OT, Mike Tepper. Tepper was a spot starter for the Colts last season, and figured to have a good shot at making the team this season. At just 26 years old and with some good experience, he has a chance to land with another team.

    Tim Fugger (LB):  The Colts waived-injured LB, Tim Fugger. Fugger was the Colts seventh-round pick in this year's draft. He's been dealing with injuries throughout camp and preseason. He should end up on the Colts IR.

    Jeremy Ross (WR):  The Colts released WR Jeremy Ross. Ross was a practice squad player for the Colts last season, and there's a good chance he will land on someone's practice squad this year.

    Kashif Moore (WR):  The Colts released Kashif Moore.  Moore was signed earlier in the week and basically served as a "preseason body." He's a young and fast receiver. Someone will give him another chance.

    Darren Evans (RB): Hometown product Darren Evans was released by the Colts. Evans had a very good preseason, and should be able to sign with another team, unless the Colts place him on the practice squad.

    Andre Smith (TE):  The Colts released TE Andre Smith. The Colts picked up Smith off waivers from the Bears before training camp. Smith just couldn't climb up the Colts depth chart at TE. Smith has talent and should see more opportunities in the NFL.

    Kyle Miller (TE):  The Colts released TE Kyle Miller. Miller signed as a free agent just before the draft this year. He could end up on the Colts practice squad.

    Steven Baker (OT):  The Colts released OT Steven Baker. Baker signed as an undrafted rookie free agent earlier this year.He has a future in the NFL, whether it's on the Colts practice squad, or with another team.

    Zane Taylor (C):  The Colts released C Zane Taylor.  The Colts claimed Taylor off waivers from the Eagles before training camp. At 24-years-old, Taylor may spend another season on someone's practice squad.

    Jason Shirely (DT):  The Colts released DT Jason Shirley. Shirely was picked up during training camp. He's been in the league since '08, but for a team that's short on defensive tackles, like the Colts, it doesn't bode well for Shirley's future that he was released.

    Chigbo Anunoby (DT):  The Colts release DT Chigbo Anunoby. Anunoby signed with the Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent. Like DT Jason Shirley, it probably doesn't bode well for Anunoby that he couldn't make a team that is currently paper thin at DT.

    Greg Lloyd (LB):  The Colts released LB Greg Lloyd. The son of former Steelers LB Greg Lloyd was aquired from the Eagles via trade during preseason. He played well at times, and should get a shot with another NFL team.

    Jerry Brown (LB):  The Colts released LB Jerry Brown. Brown was one of the few guys Ryan Grigson picked up from the Arena Football League. He may be heading back there.

    Deji Karim (RB):  The Colts waived-injured RB Deji Karim. Karim had his moments during the preseason at running back and special teams. Hopefully he can stick with the Colts.

    James Aiono (DE):  The Colts waived-injured DE James Aiono. Aiono signed with the Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent. He has the potential to be a good player. Like Karim, hopefully he can stick with the Colts.

    Brandon King (CB):  Former Purdue CB, Brandon King was waived-injured by the Colts. King should end up on the Colts IR.

    Mike Newton (S):  The Colts also waived-injured S Mike Newton.  Newton should end up on the Colts IR.

    Jabin Sambrano (WR): Rookie WR Jabin Sambrano was placed on IR by the Colts. Sambrano had a fairly impressive training camp and preseason.

    Korey Lindsey (CB): CB Korey Lindsey was also placed on IR by the Colts. Lindsey showed some promise, but his chances of making the team dropped as the Colts continued to add to the cornerback unit.

August 28 Cuts

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    To get down to 75 players on their roster, the Colts released 11, placed three on IR and two on PUP.  Here's the list:

    Josh Chapman (DT):  The fifth round pick out of Alabama is still recovering from ACL surgery and was placed on the PUP list. Hopefully he'll be able to play after the first six weeks.

    Justin Anderson (OG):  The Colts seventh round pick, Justin Anderson, showed promise as an offensive lineman at Georgia. Unfortunately he has not been healthy enough to see the field for the Colts, and was placed on the PUP list.

    Griff Whalen (WR):  After back-to-back good performances in the preseason, Griff Whalen, re-injured the same foot that was giving him trouble during training camp. He was placed on IR.

    Brandon McKinney (DT):  McKinney tore his ACL in the game versus the Redskins. He was placed on IR, and will be out for the year. His absence, along with Josh Chapman being placed on the PUP list, leaves the Colts paper thin at DT.

    George Foster (OT):  Veteran tackle, George Foster was placed on IR. Foster was competing for a back up tackle spot on the offensive line.

    David Caldwell (S):  David Caldwell started 13 games for the Colts last season.  He's a player that just didn't fit the style of defense Coach Pagano wanted to employ. With his experience, there's a good chance he will land on his feet with another NFL team.

    Terrence Johnson (CB):  Like David Caldwell, Johnson is also a former starter who did not fit Coach Pagano's defense. With so many additions to the cornerback unit, this isn't much of a surprise. Johnson has a good chance to land with another NFL team.

    Cameron Chism (CB):  Cameron Chism was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Maryland University. He showed talent in college, but just couldn't move up the crowded cornerback depth chart of the Colts. At on 21 years-old, he could still have a future in the NFL.

    Antonio Fenelus (CB):  Antonio Fenelus was also an undrafted rookie free agent. He was a very good corner in college for Wisconsin. Like Cameron Chism, he just couldn't move up the depth chart. Also like Chism, he should still have a future in the NFL.

    Chris Rucker (CB):  Chris Rucker was a sixth round pick of the Colts last year. He has good size for a corner, and played in 15 games for the Colts last year. The problem was, he was another Cover-2 corner, and didn't fit the new defense. I have a feeling some other team will give him a shot.

    Matt Merletti (S):  I initially like the Matt Merletti pick up by the Colts. He was an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina. Injuries slowed his college career, but he was a leader on the Carolina defense. He didn't see much time during the preseason. He could still end up on an NFL roster, but may need to make a stop in the CFL or AFL first.

    Mike Balogun (LB):  Mike Balogun was signed earlier in the preseason due to injuries at linebacker. He was a long shot to make the team. He might be on his was back to the AFL after his release.

    Quan Cosby (WR): Quan Cosby was also a long shot to make the team despite being a four-year NFL vet. The WR corps was just too crowded with young talent. Cosby will catch on elsewhere.

    Alvester Alexander (RB): Alvester Alexander was released. Alexander was picked up as an extra body in the backfield after Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore were injured. He has a small chance to land elsewhere in the NFL. Another year at Wyoming University would've helped him.

    Jason Foster (OG):  Foster was an undrafted rookie free agent for the Colts. He just didn't show enough to keep a spot along the offensive line. There's a slim chance he could land elsewhere.

    Brian Stahovich (P):  This is no surprise. Stahovich was an extra leg in camp, and barring injury to Pat McAfee or Adam Vinatieri, never really had a shot at making the roster. Kickers and punters travel frequently from team to team. He has a decent shot at catching on somewhere.

Final 53-Man Roster

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    QB (3): Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish

    RB (4): Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard,

    WR (6): Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Kris Adams

    TE (3): Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Dominique Jones

    OT (3): Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach

    OG (3): Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olsen

    C (2): Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley

    DE (1): Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala, Ricardo Mathews

    DT (1): Antonio Johnson

    OLB (6): Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Justin Hickman, Jerrell Freeman

    ILB (4): Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Mario Harvey, Moise Fokou

    CB (5): Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis, Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy

    S (4): Antione Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Jermale Hines

    P (1): Pat McAfee

    K (1): Adam Vinatieri

    LS (1): Matt Overton

Latest Roster Moves

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    8/29/12:  The Colts waived-injured wide receiver Jarred Fayson, and picked up WR Kashif Moore off waivers from the Bengals. Moore will probably play against his former team in the final preseason game, then be released.

    8/27/12:  The Colts placed Brandon McKinney, George Foster and Griff Whalen on IR. The also placed Josh Chapman and Justin Anderson on the PUP list.

    8/27/12:  The Colts cut 11 players to get the roster down to 75. Players released: S David Caldwell, CB Terrence Johnson, CB Cameron Chism, CB Antonio Fenelus, S Matt Merletti, LB Mike Balogun, WR Quan Cosby, RB Alvester Alexander, G Jason Foster, P Brian Stahovich

    8/26/12:  The Colts traded a 2nd round pick for CB Vontae Davis. Davis is a big upgrade at corner for the Colts.

    8/22/12:  The Colts traded an undisclosed 2014 draft pick to the Rams for CB, Josh Gordy. They also released LB Larry Lumpkin, to make room for Gordy.

    8/15/12:  The Colts signed free agent linebacker Mike Balogun. This makes sense with the injuries to Scott Lutrus and Pat Angerer.

    8/15/12: The Colts Waived-Injured cornerback Buddy Jackson. Jackson was an undrafted free agent, but has been dealing with injuries through camp.

    8/13/12:  The Colts signed RB Alvester Alexander. Alexander will fill in until Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore get healthy.

    8/13/12: LB Scott Lutrus was placed on season-ending IR.

    8/3/12:  OG Ben Ijalana cleared waivers and was placed on season-ending IR.

    8/3/12:  The Colts cut LB AJ Edds. We knew this was coming. Edds is out for the season with a knee injury. He cleared waivers and was placed on season-ending IR.

    8/2/12:  The Colts traded CB Kevin Thomas and a a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft to the Eagles for LB Moise Fokou and LB Greg Lloyd. Kevin Thomas was falling down the CB depth chart quickly. The Colts can use the help at LB with AJ Edds out for the season.

    8/1/12: The team signed OT Ty Nsekhe, who will replace Ijalana on the roster. Nsekhe is another big lineman at 6'8" and 325 lbs. He played the last three seasons in the Arena Football League.

    8/1/12:  OG Ben Ijalana was released from the team. This isn't a big surprise as Ijalana was ruled out for the season earlier this week due to another knee injury.

Full Team Roster and Projected Depth Chart

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    FULL ROSTER

    QB (3):  Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish

    RB (7):  Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard, Darren Evans, Deji Karim, Alvester Alexander

    WR (11):  Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Quan Cosby, Jeremy Ross, Kris Adams, Jarred Fayson, Jabin Sambrano, Griff Whalen

    TE (5):  Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Andre Smith, Kyle Miller, Dominique Jones

    OT (9):  Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, George Foster, Steven Baker, Justin Anderson, Mike Tepper, Jason Foster, Ty Nsekhe

    OG (5): Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Zane Taylor, Seth Olson, Hayworth Hicks

    C (2):  Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley

    DE (5):  Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala, Ricardo Mathews, James Aiono

    DT (5):  Antonio Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Josh Chapman, Jason Shirley, Chigbo Anunoby

    OLB (8):  Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Tim Fugger, Justin Hickman, Jerry Brown, Jerrell Freeman

    ILB (8):  Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Mario Harvey, Scott Lutrus, Greg Loyd, Moise Fokou, Mike Balogun

    CB (10):  Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis, Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy, Terrence Johnson, Brandon King, Chris Rucker, Korey Lindsey, Cameron Chism, DJ Johnson, Antonio Fenelus

    S (8):  Antione Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Jermale Hines, David Caldwell, Matt Merletti, Mike Newton, Latarrius Thomas

    P (2):  Pat McAfee, Brian Stahovich

    K (1):  Adam Vinatieri

    LS (2):  Justin Snow, Matt Overton

    PROJECTED DEPTH CHART

    QB (3):  Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish

    RB (4):  Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard

    WR (5):   Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill

    TE (5):  Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Andre Smith, Dominique Jones, Justin Snow

    OT (4):  Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice, George Foster, Jeff Linkenbach

    OG (3):  Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olson

    C (2):  Samson Satele, AQ Shipley

    DE (4):  Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala, Ricardo Mathews

    DT (3):  Antonio Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Josh Chapman

    OLB (4):  Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Justin Hickman

    ILB (4):  Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey

    CB (6):  Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis, Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy, DJ Johnson

    S (4):  Antoine Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Latarrius Thomas

    K (1):  Adam Vinatieri

    P (1):  Pat McAfee

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    CB Chris Rucker is currently listed last on the Colts first official depth chart. It looks like he could be following fellow, former Bill Polian CB pick, Kevin Thomas out the door.

    CB Antonio Fenelus is another corner who is way down on the Colts depth chart. With the quantity at corner, Fenelus needs to show something soon to move out of the basement.

    P Brian Stahovich is an extra leg at Colts camp. Barring an injury to Pat McAfee or Adam Vinatieri, Stahovich will be gone before the season starts.

    WR Griff Whalen has been injured during much of camp. Even though he was Andrew Luck's college teammate, it's not looking very good for Whalen making the team.

    RB Deji Karim is currently last on the RB depth chart. With five backs ahead of him, and the Colts likely, only keeping four, Karim has some work to do if he wants to make this team.

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    OG Ben Ijalana was released from the team on August 1. This isn't a big surprise as Ijalana was ruled out for the season earlier this week due to another knee injury.

    LB AJ Edds was released from the team August 3. If he clears waivers he will be placed in Injured Reserve. We knew this was coming. Edds is out for the season with a knee injury.

    LB Scott Lutrus was placed on season-ending IR on August 14.

    CB Buddy Jackson was waived on August 15. Jackson struggled with injuries during the offseason and training camp.

    LB Larry Lumpkin was released on August 22 to make room for CB Josh Gordy. Lumpkin was an undrafted free agent, who just couldn't move up the depth chart at LB.

Quarterbacks

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    QBs on roster: Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish
    Projected starter: Andrew Luck
    Offseason additions: Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish

    Andrew Luck has been given the keys to this offense, and much like Peyton Manning did when he was with the Colts, Luck will take basically every meaningful snap in training camp.

    Unlike when Manning was here, the Colts have what they expect to be a competent backup quarterback in Drew Stanton. Barring injury, Stanton should go into the season as the backup. He's already quite a step up from Curtis Painter.

    Mr. Irrelevant, Chandler Harnish stands a decent chance of making the team as the third quarterback. During the Manning years, the Colts hardly ever carried a third quarterback, but this is a new era.

    Meanwhile, No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck is already living up to the hype. New Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians compared Luck to three quarterbacks he has worked with in the past.

    "[Luck] has a little bit of Peyton, a little bit of Timmy Couch and a little bit of Ben [Roethlisberger],” Arians said. “It’s scary how good he can be. I’m really anxious to see him develop and watch him grow because he’s got the best of all three of those guys.

    I don't think Colts fans appreciate the "Timmy Couch" comparison, but Manning and Roethlisberger are comparisons to be excited about.

Running Backs

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    RBs on roster: Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard, Darren Evans, Deji Karim, Alvester Alexander.
    Projected starter: Donald Brown
    Offseason additions: Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard, Deji Karim
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Vick Ballard

    Head coach Chuck Pagano said he wants his Colts to run the football. They'll most likely keep four running backs.

    Former first-round pick Donald Brown is back, and the starting job is his to lose. Delone Carter is back after an up and down rookie season, and Darren Evans has also returned after spending the majority of last season on the Colts' practice squad.

    New to the team are Mewelde Moore, Deji Karim and rookie Vick Ballard. Moore rejoins Bruce Arians, his offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. His familiarity with Arians' offense gives him an advantage over the other competing for those backup running back spots.

    The Colts picked up Karim off waivers from the Jaguars. There, Karim was a backup running back and a good special teams performer. If he wants a chance to stick with this team, he'll need to impress on both positions.

    However, the most impressive of the bunch in the offseason may be the rookie. The Colts' running back coach said this about Ballard to Colts.com:

    "Vick's doing a nice job. He's a smart kid. He's a hard worker in terms of his effort in the classroom and understanding the concepts. He's going out there and making plays. So, for being involved in it for, you know, three weeks or whatever it's been, he's done a really nice job of picking things up and impressing his teammates."

    The Colts signed Alvester Alexander on August 14th. Alexander will fill in for Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore who were banged up in Week 1 of the preseason.

Wide Receivers

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    WRs on roster: Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Quan Cosby, Jeremy Ross, Kris Adams, Jarred Fayson, Jabin Sambrano, Griff Whalen
    Projected starters: Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie
    Offseason additions: Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Jeremy Ross, Kris Adams, Jabin Sambrano, Griff Whalen  
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Donnie Avery, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill

    Reggie Wayne surprised many with his return to the Colts. Fan favorite Austin Collie is also back, and the two of them should enter the season as the starters.

    The Colts took a chance on Donnie Avery with the hope that he could show some of the explosive form he showed with the Rams in 2008-09. The Colts used two draft picks on receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill. These three newcomers would seem to have a step on the competition right now.

    The competition includes Quan Cosby, Jeremy Ross, Kris Adams, Jarred Fayson, Jabin Sambrano and Griff Whalen, who played with Luck at Stanford. Each one is a long shot to win a roster spot, even Whalen, who will miss the first week or two of camp due to a foot injury,

    So far in camp, the connection between Luck and Collie has been evident. But we know Collie will be there. An interesting battle could be for the third receiver spot, currently owned by Avery with Hilton right behind him. The other interesting battle will be for the fifth—and I presume—final spot. Brazill looks to be holding on to it for now, but things can change day-to-day in training camp.

    LaVonn Brazill has been very impressive so far in camp. He's been doing it all: receiving, rushing, returning kicks and punts, special teams, even passing.

    On 8/29, the Colts waived-injured wide receiver Jarred Fayson, and picked up WR Kashif Moore off waivers from the Bengals. Moore will probably play against his former team in the final preseason game, then be released.

Tight Ends

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    TEs on roster: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Andre Smith, Kyle Miller, Dominique Jones, Justin Snow
    Projected starters: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen
    Offseason additions: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Andre Smith, Kyle Miller, Dominique Jones
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Andre Smith, Dominique Jones, Justin Snow

    Every tight end on the 2012 Colts roster is new to the team, unless you count Justin Snow, whose position actually seems to be the long snapper. Snow is actually the longest tenured Colt heading in to his 13th season.

    The Colts drafted arguably the draft's two best tight ends in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. They should be the starters in Bruce Arians' two tight end offense at the start of the season.

    After Snow, Fleener and Allen, there could be two spots open. Newcomers Andre Smith (waiver pickup from the Bears), Kyle Miller (2011 undrafted free agent) and Dominique Jones (2012 undrafted free agent) will battle for those final two positions. At the moment, Andre Smith and Dominique Jones are seeing more time than Kyle Miller.

    Back to Coby Fleener, who is poised for a big rookie season. He was a favorite target of Andrew Luck's while they played together at Stanford. That could translate in to a special season for the rookie pass-catch combination.

Offensive Tackles

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    OTs on roster: Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, George Foster, Steven Baker, Justin Anderson, Mike Tepper, Jason Foster, Ty Nsekhe
    Projected starters: Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice
    Offseason additions: Winston Justice, George Foster, Steven Baker, Justin Anderson, Jason Foster
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Anthony Castonzo, Winston Justice, George Foster, Jeff Linkenbach

    2011 first round pick Anthony Castonzo is the only recognizable offensive tackle to Colts fans. Mike Tepper was on the team last year but has seen limited action. Castonzo has the left tackle spot nailed down, and head coach Chuck Pagano is already impressed with him. Asked to describe Castonzo, he said:

    Big. Athletic. Strong. I can’t wait until [Tuesday]. I told [Castonzo], and I’ve said it before, it’s where rubber meets the road.

    The right tackle position is Winston Justice's to lose. Justice was picked up via trade with the Eagles. Perhaps a change of scenery will help Justice realize his potential.

    The rest of the new tackles on the team are fighting what will probably be two available positions. At this time, Mike Tepper and veteran George Foster seem to be in the lead for those two spots. 

    The Colts moved Jeff Linkenbach back to tackle after a failed experiment at guard. The competition at tackle just got a little bit tougher.

Offensive Guards

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    OGs on roster: Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Zane Taylor, Seth Olson, Hayworth Hicks
    Projected starters: Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz
    Offseason additions: Mike McGlynn, Zane Taylor, Hayworth Hicks
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Joe Reitz, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olson

    The release of OG Ben Ijalana due to his season-ending knee injury has shaken up the depth chart for the offensive guards on this team. Jeff Linkenbach, who started 16 games at tackle for the Colts last season, is now starting at left guard.

    Mike McGlynn, who signed with the Colts as a free agent in the offseason, seems to have a hold in the right guard spot. Joe Reitz, last year's starter at left guard, returns, and it looks like he'll be battling Linkenbach to retain his starting spot.

    The Colts picked up Seth Olson off waivers last season. Olson has returned and is currently backing up McGlynn at right guard.

    The Colts picked Zane Taylor off the waiver wire and added undrafted free agent Hayworth Hicks. They will battle for backup line roles.

    Joe Reitz appears to have moved ahead of Jeff Linkenbach at left guard.

    Mike Chappell tweets that Reitz is back at the starting left guard position and Linkenbach is the backup right tackle.

Centers

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    Cs on roster: Samson Satele, AQ Shipley
    Projected starter: Samson Satele
    Offseason additions: Samson Satele
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Samson Satele, AQ Shipley

    Just like it was strange to see someone other than Peyton Manning taking snaps last season, it will be strange to see someone other than Jeff Saturday snapping the ball this season.

    The Colts signed free agent center Samson Satele in the offseason to replace a man who will be in the Hall of Fame someday. Satele should be up to the task. He's been a good center in the league but just needs more consistency.

    AQ Shipley was picked up off waivers from the Eagles last season. With other Colts lineman like Mike McGlynn and Zane Taylor experienced at center, Shipley needs to show his worth during training camp.

Defensive Ends

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    DEs on roster: Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala, Ricardo Mathews, James Aiono, Matt Overton
    Projected starters: Cory Redding, Fili Moala
    Offseason additions: Cory Redding, James Aiono, Matt Overton
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Cory Redding, Drake Nevis, Fili Moala, Ricardo Mathews

    With the switch to a 3-4 defense, the defensive end position takes on a new meaning. Gone are the speedy edge rushing defensive ends from the Cover 2 defense. In their place are defensive ends with bulk and power.

    Cory Redding comes over from Baltimore as a prototypical 3-4 defensive end and will be a starter from day one. Ricardo Matthews has returned to the Colts and has been backing up Redding at the left defensive end position.

    On the other side, two former defensive tackles, Fili Moala and Drake Nevis, will battle for the starting spot. There are question marks about both: Will Moala finally play up to his potential? Can Nevis stay healthy?

    The other two defensive ends on the team may be long shots to make the team. Matt Overton is mainly a long snapper, Justin Snow's job for 13 years, and doesn't have the size to be a 3-4 end. James Aiono is an undrafted free agent who played defensive tackle at Utah.

Defensive Tackles

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    DTs on roster: Antonio Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Josh Chapman, Jason Shirley, Chigbo Anunoby
    Projected starter: Antonio Johnson
    Offseason additions: Brandon McKinney, Josh Chapman, Jason Shirley, Chigbo Anunoby
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Antonio Johnson, Jason Shirley, Chigbo Anunoby


    A good 3-4 defense needs a big defensive tackle to eat up double teams. The Colts signed Brandon McKinney, who in Baltimore backed up Haloti Ngata, arguably the best defensive tackle in the league.

    With the Colts, McKinney is backing up Antonio Johnson, who played defensive tackle in the Colts 4-3 defense. However, there are questions over whether he can make the switch.

    The Colts drafted Josh Chapman in the fifth round. He is currently on the PUP list due to a knee injury, on which he played nearly the entire season at Alabama last year.

    The Colts also added Jason Shirley and Chigbo Anunby during the offseason. Both will need to show quite a bit to crack the top three of the defensive tackle depth chart.

    Brandon McKinney was placed on IR, and Josh Chapman placed on the PUP list on 8/27.

Outside Linebackers

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    OLBs on roster: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Tim Fugger, Justin Hickman, Jerry Brown
    Projected starters: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis
    Offseason additions:  Tim Fugger, Justin Hickman, Jerry Brown
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Justin Hickman

    Outside linebacker could be the most interesting position to watch during training camp. Longtime Pro Bowl defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis make the transition to linebacker. So far, they've embraced their new roles.

    Freeney and Mathis are obviously the starters. Backing them up are Jerry Hughes and Justin Hickman. Hughes will be interesting to watch though fans have grown impatient with the former first-round pick. Hughes has actually been impressive so far in camp, but he needs to keep impressing people to stick with the team.

    Hickman comes over from the Canadian Football League. If Hughes' roster spot is safe, Hickman and the other linebackers are probably fighting for one more spot. Like Freeney and Mathis, Mario Addison is making the switch from defensive end to linebacker.

    Tim Fugger, whom the Colts signed from the Arena Football League, was one of the Colts' seventh-round picks this year.

Inside Linebackers

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    ILBs on roster: Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Larry Lumpkin, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey, Scott Lutrus, Mike Balogun
    Projected starters: Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner
    Offseason additions: Larry Lumpkin, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey

    Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner both had good seasons last year for the Colts. This year, they will each be asked to play inside linebacker in the new 3-4 defense. They both figure to be the starting inside linebackers when the season begins.

    Currently their backups are two new faces to the Colts roster. Jerrell Freeman signed after spending some time in the Canadian Football League, and Larry Lumpkin was an undrafted free agent signed in July

    Mario Harvey signed with the Colts after being released by the Steelers. Scott Lutrus was signed off the Rams practice squad back in November.

    With most likely four ILB spots for the roster, the battle for the backup spots will be intriguing. The edge right now would have to go to Lumpkin and Harvey.

    The Colts traded for linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Loyd on 8/2/12.

    Injuries to Pat Angerer (out 6 weeks with a fracture in his foot) and Scott Lutrus (out for the season with a torn ACL) shake up the Linebacker spots. Lutrus wasn't expected to make the team. The injury to Angerer could force the Colts to carry an extra linebacker for the first couple of weeks of the regular season.

    With Angerer out, Jerrell Freeman will take his place as a starting inside linebacker. The Colts picked up Mike Balogun on August 15th.

    Larry Lumpkin was released on August 22 to make room for CB Josh Gordy. Lumpkin was an undrafted free agent, who just couldn't move up the depth chart at LB.

Cornerbacks

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    CBs on roster: Jerraud Powers, Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Terrence Johnson, Brandon King, Chris Rucker, Korey Lindsey, Cameron Chism, DJ Johnson, Antonio Fenelus
    Projected starters: Jerraud Powers, Justin King
    Offseason additions: Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Korey Lindsey, Cameron Chism, DJ Johnson, Buddy Jackson, Antonio Fenelus
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Jerraud Powers, Vontae Davis, Justin King, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy, DJ Johnson

    After Jerraud Powers, it's anyone's guess as to who will not only start across from him but even make the roster. Powers is the only one of the Colts' cornerbacks who is probably guaranteed a roster spot.

    Kevin Thomas, Terrence Johnson and Chris Rucker have seen action for the Colts last season, but none of them have really shown enough to cement a spot. Camp began with Thomas starting opposite Powers, but that has changed since free agent pickup Justin King is now starting at corner.

    Cassius Vaugh, who was acquired via trade with Denver, and waiver wire pickup D.J. Johnson have been seeing time with the second unit. This shows just how fast someone can fall in the Colts' cornerback depth chart. Thomas was starting earlier this week, but now he's not even on the second unit.

    The other new faces Korey Lindsey, Cameron Chism, Buddy Jackson and Antonio Fenelus coud have as good a chance to make the roster as anyone else.

    The Colts have done everything—including waiver wire pickups and trades—they can to upgrade this unit. They will continue to do so through out camp to get Jerraud Powers some help. This is a group that could change day-to-day.

    The Colts traded Kevin Thomas to the Eagles on 8/2/12. Thomas fell quickly down the CB depth chart.

    326635The Colts waived-injured corner, Buddy Jackson on 8/15/12. Jackson had been battling injuries.

    The Colts traded an undisclosed 2014 draft pick to the Rams for CB Josh Gordy. Gordy has been playing well during the preseason, and should make the final roster for the Colts.

    The Colts traded a 2nd round pick for CB Vontae Davis on 8/26/12. Davis is a big upgrade at corner for the Colts.

Safeties

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    Safeties on roster:  Antoine Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Jermale Hines, David Caldwell, Matt Merletti, Mike Newton, Latarrius Thomas
    Projected starters:  Antoine Bethea, Tom Zbikowski
    Offseason additions: Tom Zbikowski, Matt Merletti
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Antoine Bethea, Tom Zbikowski, Joe Lefeged, Latarrius Thomas

    The most underrated safety in the league, Antoine Bethea, returns for his seventh season with the Colts. Tom Zbikowski joins the team as a free agent from Baltimore, and the two of them are expected to be the starters.

    Joe Lefeged saw a lot of action last year, not only at safety but as a kick/punt returner. David Caldwell also played quite a bit, and they both seem to have a leg up on the other safeties on the roster.

    Each of those other safeties: Jermale Hines, Matt Merletti, Mike Newton and Latarrius Thomas would most likely have to beat out Lefeged or Caldwell for a roster spot since the Colts won't keep more than four safeties.

    Of that group, undrafted free agent Matt Merletti maybe be the most interesting prospect. Merletti was the starting strong safety for North Carolina last year, but a knee injury in October forced him to miss the remainder of the season. He had a couple knee injuries in college, probably the reason he fell out of the draft.

Kicking Specialists

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    Kicking Specialists on roster: Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee, Brian Stahovich
    Projected starters: Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee
    Offseason additions: Brian Stahovich
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee

    The most clutch kicker in NFL history, Adam Vinatieri, is back for the Colts. There's no mystery here: Vinatieri's the man when it comes to kicking field goals for Indianapolis. However, if the team was ever in a situation where the field goal attempt was too long for Vinatieri's leg, they'd turn to Pat McAfee. There may come a day where McAfee can have both punting and kicking duties, but for now, the field goals will be kicked by Vinatieri.

    The Colts picked up undrafted free agent Brian Stahovich to add another leg to camp. Stahovich is backing up McAfee and, barring injury to McAfee or Vinatieri, will be cut before the start of the season.

    McAfee had a good 2011 season and won't be relinquishing the Colts' punting duties anytime soon.

Return Specialists

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    Returners on roster: T.Y. Hilton, Joe Lefeged, Quan Cosby, LaVon Brazill
    Projected starters: T.Y. Hilton
    Offseason additions: T.Y. Hilton
    Roster cuts: 
    Projected final roster: T.Y.Hilton, LaVon Brazill

    The Colts spent a third-round pick on T.Y. Hilton not only for his receiving skills, but for his return skills. During his college career at Florida International, Hilton returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, and two punts for touchdowns.

    With his blazing speed, Hilton gives the Colts the return threat they've been needing for years.

    Joe Lefeged returned kicks and punts for the Colts last season. Quan Cosby has also spent some time in the return game. Neither of them brings the speed and ability of Hilton. It would be a surprise to see Lefeged or Cosby move ahead of Hilton.

    As of 8/7, LaVon Brazil is actually first on the depth chart for kick and punt returns. Hilton has been impressive as well, but Brazill's versatility is really "wowing" people.