INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time this offseason, the Colts have their 90-man roster.
With the back half of the offseason program (4 weeks remain for veterans), the rookies and vets will mix together over the next month and get on the field in some 11-on-11 settings.
Here is the current position-by-position breakdown of the Colts roster (*rookie):
Quarterbacks (4): Jack Coan*, Sam Ehlinger, James Morgan, Matt Ryan
Bowen’s Analysis: As expected, the Colts have 4 quarterback arms for the offseason. Ryan is the only one to throw an NFL pass.
Running Backs (6): Nyheim Hines, Deon Jackson, D’Vonte Price*, Jonathan Taylor, C.J. Verdell*
Bowen’s Analysis: The move for Phillip Lindsay came with the Colts waiving undrafted running back Max Borghi. There still should be some competition for the spot(s) behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.
Wide Receivers (12): Parris Campbell, Keke Coutee, Kekoa Crawford*, Ashton Dulin, Ethan Fernea*, DeMichael Harris, Samson Nacua*, Dezmon Patmon, Alec Pierce*, Michael Pittman, Mike Strachan, Michael Young*
Bowen’s Analysis: After Pittman, it is anyone’s guess to see who rounds out this unproven group.
Tight Ends (6): Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson, Michael Jacobson, Nikola Kalinic, Drew Ogletree*, Jelani Woods*
Bowen’s Analysis: For the first time in the Chris Ballard era, the Colts spent two draft picks on tight ends.
Offensive Line (15): Ryan Ven Demark*, Wesley French*, Will Fries, Dennis Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Brandon Kemp, Alex Molette*, Jordan Murray, Quenton Nelson, Carter O’Donnell, Danny Pinter, Matt Pryor, Bernhard Raimann*, Josh Seltzner*, Braden Smith
Bowen’s Analysis: The Colts added 4 rookies here, and you could see a couple making the team/competing for 53-man roster spots. Dennis Kelly is the recent veteran addition here with 51 career starts.
Defensive Line (15): Ben Banogu, Curtis Brooks*, DeForest Buckner, Kameron Cline, Eric Johnson*, Tyquan Lewis, R.J. McIntosh, Yannick Ngakoue, Dayo Odeyingbo, Scott Patchan*, Kwity Paye, Grover Stewart, Cullen Wick*, Chris Williams, McKinley Williams*
Bowen’s Analysis: Per usual, the Colts have a lot of defensive line bodies. Depth at defensive end and defensive tackle remain unsolved areas.
Linebackers (9): JoJo Domann*, Zaire Franklin, Jordan Glasgow, Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, Forrest Rhyne*, James Skalski*, EJ Speed, Sterling Weatherford*
Bowen’s Analysis: This position continues to have the most stability of any under Chris Ballard.
Cornerbacks (13*): Tony Brown, Anthony Chesley, Marcel Dabo*, Brandon Facyson, Dallis Flowers*, Stephon Gillmore, Kenny Moore, Alexander Myres, Will Redmond, Isaiah Rodgers, Marvell Tell, Rodney Thomas*, Chris Wilcox
Bowen’s Analysis: Playing time at corner will be something to watch, with Gus Bradley wanting to showcase a little bit more press coverage. Remember, Dabo doesn’t count against the 90/53-man roster, as the international player on the Colts roster.
Safeties (7): Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross*, Trevor Denbow*, Brandon King, Rodney McLeod, Armani Watts, Sterling Khari Willis
Bowen’s Analysis: This position has turned over the most of any since last year. There’s a nice mix of vets and youth in this room.
Specialists (4): K-Rodrigo Blankenship, LS-Luke Rhodes, P-Rigoberto Sanchez, K-Jake Verity
Bowen’s Analysis: It is a bit odd to see Michael Badgley not re-signed this offseason. The Colts decided not to draft or sign an undrafted kicker. The Colts expect Verity to offer some competition for Hot Rod.