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INDIANAPOLIS – We are 4 of 18 practices in for the Colts Training Camp at Grand Park in Westfield.
So we have a general idea, with two practices in full pads, of how the Colts are lining up.
Obviously, this depth chart will change a good amount with more practices coming and preseason games starting a week from Thursday. The Colts will come out with their first depth chart next week, ahead of their preseason opener.
For now, here’s a look at the Colts depth chart early in camp:
‘Starting’ Offense (*Injured)
- I’d pencil Mack in as the early starter, but we’ve seen plenty of rotation with that group. The Colts are definitely embodying the “running back by committee” mantra they set out earlier in the offseason. We’ve seen at least a couple of first-team reps for the top 5 running backs on the roster, but Mack has been the first guy out there mostly. Remember, Robert Turbin is allowed to practice right now, so he’s been getting a few reps as well. Do not sleep on rookie Jordan Wilkins. He’s in the mix.
- It’s very difficult to place Ryan Grant that far ahead of Chester Rogers. But, for now, it appears Grant is the more frequent option as the No. 2 wide receiver when the Colts go with that personnel grouping. We will see if Deon Cain can start to seriously push this group in Week Two of camp.
- Let’s move on to the offensive line, and start with the banged up tackle group. We haven’t seen Anthony Castonzo or Austin Howard yet as they remain on the non-football injury list. Denzelle Good has practiced 3 of 4 days, after taking some time to pass his Training Camp physical. Good figures to be in a competition with Howard for the right tackle spot. In the spring, Howard looked to get more of the starting run than Good. We will give Good the nod for now, because the best ability is availability. The Colts say Howard will be back soon.
- At guard, if there is truly a competition between Matt Slauson and rookie Braden Smith, you can’t tell from watching practice. Slauson continues to receive the starting reps at right guard. After 4 practices, it would be a surprise if Smith started in Week One. The Colts really like Slauson and Frank Reich has said they need to see a little more from Smith for the rookie to enter the starting competition.
DE-John Simon/Tarell Basham
LB (MIKE)-Anthony Walker
- The defensive line has added another name to the competition from the spring. John Simon has crept into starting reps, in place of Basham. We hardly saw Simon in the starting lineup at all back in the spring, but the return of full pads brings out the physical nature in the veteran’s game. Could we see Simon on early run downs, before Basham, or rookie Kemoko Turay gets on the field come third down?
- Darius Leonard is going to be a starter. That is clear after just 4 practices. But how the Colts exactly line up at linebacker is still not set in stone. Ideally, Leonard would be more of a WILL option, but it looked like he was taking some snaps at SAM in the base defense. It’s a bit hard to imagine Anthony Walker, who injured his groin on Sunday night, losing his starting MIKE job. He just seems to be the quarterback of this defense. Tyrell Adams is probably the 4th linebacker.
- Chris Ballard said he loved Kenny Moore. Well, that love has turned into a good amount of starting run early in camp. But this cornerback race is still very wide open. Throw in Quincy Wilson and Nate Hairston into the mix as well. Are the Colts testing Wilson early on by not giving him the bulk of the starting reps? I see this corner race lasting a couple of weeks into the month of August.
- At safety, it remains the backups in Matthias Farley and T.J. Green. Maybe we see Clayton Geathers in early August, but Malik Hooker looks like a guy targeting more of mid-August for his return. Both players remain on the physically unable to perform list.