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INDIANAPOLIS – The media saw the Colts practice in team settings on 6 different occasions this spring.

Such looks offered a pretty good idea of what the depth chart looked like during the offseason program.

Obviously, this depth chart will change a good amount when the full pads come on during Training Camp and with the return of some key injured guys.

For now, here’s a look at the Colts’ 2018 depth chart after OTAs and minicamp:

‘Starting’ Offense

QB-Jacoby Brissett

RB-Robert Turbin

WR-T.Y. Hilton

WR-Ryan Grant

TE-Jack Doyle

TE-Eric Ebron

LT-Anthony Castonzo

LG-Quenton Nelson

C-Ryan Kelly

RG-Matt Slauson

RT-Austin Howard

 

My Thoughts:

 

  • Brissett was the guy under center this spring with the starting offense. Even with Andrew Luck’s expected return in Training Camp, Brissett is going to receive a good amount of starting reps. Luck will be on a pitch count in camp, so Brissett will be needed during camp for plenty of action with the first team.
     
  • At running back, remember that Marlon Mack had off-season shoulder surgery and isn’t expected to return until Training Camp. Obviously, this is a position group that will see plenty of rotation and rookie Nyheim Hines was one of those guys working with the first-team offense a lot after being drafted. Veteran Christine Michael also saw a good amount of first-team work. Even rookie Jordan Wilkins was in the mix later in the spring.
     
  • The wideout group looks to have 3 guys clearly atop the depth chart right now, with everyone chasing the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers. The rookies Reece Fountain and Deon Cain both flashed a bit in the spring. Frank Reich is a big fan of this, unproven, group.
     
  • On the OL, Anthony Castonzo was in and out of the lineup during the spring. So Denzelle Good and Joe Haeg received some first-team reps at left tackle. Quenton Nelson (left guard) and Ryan Kelly (center) were the constants at their respective spots. At right guard, Matt Slauson was the guy at. Rookie Braden Smith was running with the second unit at RG during the offseason program. At right tackle, veteran Austin Howard was the guy for the majority of the spring. Joe Haeg and Good took some starting reps there late in OTAs. Both right guard and right tackle should be considered spots that are not locked in stone just yet, with Jim Irsay mentioning Smith and Good as players he wants to see emerge in those starting races.
     
  • Offensive guys that were injured this spring: Deyshawn Bond, Anthony Castonzo, Andrew Luck, Marlon Mack, Erik Swoope and Jeremy Vujnovich. 

 

‘Starting’ Defense

DE-Jabaal Sheard

DT-Denico Autry

DT-Al Woods

DE-Tarell Basham

LB (WILL)-Najee Goode

LB (MIKE)-Anthony Walker

LB (SAM)-Tyrell Adams

CB-Kenny Moore

S-T.J. Green

S-Matthias Farley

CB-Pierre Desir

 

My Thoughts:
 

  • Seeing Autry (6-5, 270) at defensive tackle was a bit of a surprise. But given the amount of bodies at defensive end, this makes sense.
     
  • The defensive line group is going to rotate a lot of bodies in 2018, so let’s not get too fixated on the exact depth chart look right now. Outside of possibly Sheard, I really don’t think you will see one defensive lineman dominate the rest of the position group in playing time. Having said that, you are going to have some intense roster position battles with guys like Grover Stewart, Margus Hunt, Hassan Ridgeway and Rakeem Nuenz-Roches in the interior. Then at defensive end you have rookies Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis definitely on the roster. But what about guys like Chris McCain and John Simon? Sheard and Basham were easily the most frequent starters at DE this spring.
     
  • We know the linebacker group is really wide open. And things will likely remain that way until we see how these guys play with full pads on. A couple of surprises for this group in the spring: rookie Darius Leonard didn’t see any action on the field and Antonio Morrison was supplanted by Tyrell Adams. It appears the hamstring injury Leonard suffered during the draft process is still lingering. The fact that Morrison was passed on the depth chart isn’t a shock, but a guy like Adams was an unheralded choice to take as many starting reps as he did at the SAM position.
     
  • Quincy Wilson didn’t receive hardly any first-team reps this spring as he was clearly limited with an injury. Once Wilson gets back to full speed, he should supplant Moore in the starting lineup.
     
  • No Clayton Geathers this spring was a head scratcher, given that he played 5 games to close out last season, post-neck injury. Geathers’ fellow safety mate, Malik Hooker, is certainly an injury to watch when camp gets here. Hooker tore his ACL last October and didn’t participate this spring. Hooker and Geathers are the expected safety starters in 2018.