On Tuesday the Indianapolis Colts released their first depth chart of the 2017 season, and it included some points of interest, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The offense is pretty much returning every starter and each key member from the 2016 season, so it shouldn’t be a surprise how that side shakes up, other than in the middle of the wide receiver group. Here are my takes.
- The obvious and first reaction is the puzzling decision to make Phillip Dorsett and Chester Rogers both the 3rd reciever on the depth chart. This could be sending a direct message to Dorsett, and also shows just how impressive Rogers has been throughout camp thus far. Perhaps they are only planning on keeping one of those two wide outs. Regardless, a line has been drawn and Dorsett’s playing time and spot is up for grabs.
- La’Raven Clark has a strong hold on the RT spot. From all accounts, Clark has had a great camp so far and is a much more complete player than he was a year ago.
- Mewhort/Haeg position swap: It looks like the Colts are going to swap Mewhort and Haeg in hopes to strengthen the right side of the line with perhaps the best OL the Colts have.
- Marlon Mack has taken the #3 rb spot, and could climb higher. Everyone is noticing Mack’s speed and game changing ability. Even if he stays behind Turbin in the depth chart, look for him to get the ball in the open field. This is a good combination of backs who all 3 do different things to compliment each other.
- Scott Tolzien is the starter for now- For week 1, without Andrew Luck, Scott Tolzien has the starting job with Stephen Morris behind him. That spot is up for grabs as both qb’s have been shaky at best this camp so far.
- Size- If you thought the Colts were kidding about getting bigger up front, take a look at the starting D-Line. Al Woods, Henry Anderson, and Jonathon Hankins. The Colts are dead serious about stopping the run this season, and its apparent already.
- DL Depth- Aside from WR, the DL might be the deepest position group the Colts have this camp. There will be tough decision to be made and some will not make the squad. Right now I’m thinking even T.Y. McGill may be on the outside looking in.
- Mathias Farley continues to impress. Don’t tell Farley that the Colts drafted perhaps the best college safety from last year. He’s still holding on to the starting spot heading into the first preseason game. That just shows how well he’s played all offseason and its honestly a good sign to have that depth back there. Hooker will get better and be ready for the regular season, but for now it’s Farley’s job.
- Darius Butler locking down the FS spot. Chris Ballard loves ball hawks in the secondary, it appears they are going to give Butler a chance to find a place on the team because of his ability to create turnovers.
- Quincy Wilson is down the depth chart. Wilson has flashed and showed his potential, but it appears he still has a lot to learn. He currently finds himself way down the depth chart behind several other players.
- Nate Hairston continues to impress. Hairston is a rookie out of Temple University who has impressed since arriving in Indianapolis earlier this summer. With Melvin out of practice today, Hairston actually stepped in and got snaps with the 1’s. Hairston has the size and athleticism that Ballard and Pagano like, and it gives him the opportunity to jump passes and play a more physical style of defense.
- Antonio Morrison and Jon Bostic are the inside linebackers for now. Morrison has impressed with his physicality and ability to stuff the run. I see him more as a 2 down run stuffer with a rangier substitute to come in on passing situations.
- It appears Quan Bray has the hold on the returner job. After a year of injuries last year, he hopes to get back into form that made him one of the most exciting Colts in 2015. He’s got some serious competition though in JoJo Natson.
What are your thoughts on the depth chart?
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