After a long wait, my third to last "What To Expect" Article.
Linebackers: Gary Brackett, Freddie Keiaho, Clint Sessions, Tyjuan Hagler, Adam Seward, Phillip Wheeller, Jordan Senn, Michael Okwo, Ramon Humber, Tyrell Sales, Mike Tauiliili
Gary Brackett will once again be the Colts starting middle linebacker. Brackett might struggle to fit the Colts new defensive scheme, and might not be resigned after the season.The Colts did not miss him when he was injured last season, and it looks as if Jim Caldwell will go a different way at middle linebacker in 2010.
Adam Seward or Tyjuan Hagler might start when Hagler retires. Even Phillip Wheeller and Jordan Senn could be considered.
Freddie Keiaho is the Colts weak side linebacker after an interesting offseason. Keiaho has started at weakside linebacker the last two seasons and has done a pretty good job, but he struggles with injuries. Keiaho might be switched to the strongside, so Clint Session can play weakside. Keiaho was a middle linebacker in college, and could be the Colts starting middle linebacker in 2010 if Gary Brackett is not resigned.
Clint Session might be better at weakside linebacker because of his great speed, but the Colts still are using him at strongside linebacker. Sessions will compete with Tyjuan Hagler for the starting strongside linebacker spot. Hagler had clinched the strongside linebacker spot last offseason, but he got injured before the season started, and Sessions playmaking ability impressed the Colts staff.
For now Tyjuan Hagler will provide depth and compete for the starting strongside linebacker spot, but he could get some starting time if one of the Colts linebackers get hurt. Hagler can play all of the Colt's linebacker spots. Adam Seward might be tried at strong side linebacker, where he could compete with Clint Sessions. But I expect the Colts just signed him for special teams help.
Phillip Wheeler and Jordan Senn can play inside or out and are good special teamers. Senn made the Colts roster after leading the Colts in preseason tackles. Both might get chances to start this year or in the future. The Colts go through linebackers pretty fast, so I expect they will get starting linebacker spots before their time with the Colts is over.
Michael Okwo, Ramon Humber, Tyrell Sales, and Mike Tauiliili will struggle to make the roster unless they make a big splash, like Jordan Senn did last preseason.