Reaction to Newly Released Colts Depth Chart

Yesterday, the Colts released the first depth chart of the season to a few members of the professional media, including Mike Chappell. Here is the depth chart:

OFFENSE
  Starters 2nd 3rd    
WR Reggie Wayne Austin Collie Taj Smith Kole Heckendorf David Gilreath
LT Jeff Linkenbach Anthony Castonzo Michael Toudouze    
LG Jacques McClendon Joe Reitz James Williams    
C Jeff Saturday Jamey Richard Jake Kirkpatrick    
RG Mike Pollak Kyle DeVan Jaimie Thomas Mike Tepper  
RT Ryan Diem Ben Ijalana Casey Bender    
TE Dallas Clark Brody Eldridge Jacob Tamme Mike McNeil Tyson DeVree
WR Pierre Garcon Anthony Gonzalez Chris Brooks Larrone Moore Blair White*
QB Peyton Manning* Curtis Painter Dan Orlovsky Nate Davis Mike Hartline
RB Joseph Addai Donald Brown Javarris James Delone Carter Devin Moore
FB/H-B Austin Collie Jacob Tamme      
DEFENSE
  Starters 2nd 3rd    
LE Robert Mathis Jamaal Anderson David Bedford    
LT Fili Moala Drake Nevis Ollie Ogbu John Gill Tommie Harris
RT Antonio Johnson Eric Foster DeMario Pressley Ricardo Mathews  
RE Dwight Freeney Jerry Hughes John Chick    
LLB Pat Angerer Philip Wheeler Kerry Neal    
MLB Gary Brackett Nate Triplett Chris Colasanti    
RLB Kavell Conner Cody Glenn Adrian Moten Ernie Sims  
LCB Jacob Lacey Kevin Thomas Chris Rucker Brandon King  
RCB Jerraud Powers Justin Tryon Cornelius Brown Terrence Johnson  
SS Melvin Bullitt Joe Lefeged Mike Newton    
FS Antoine Bethea Al Afalava David Caldwell Chip Vaughn  
SPECIAL TEAMS
  Starters 2nd 3rd    
P Pat McAfee Travis Baltz      
K Adam Vinatieri Pat McAfee      
H Pat McAfee Jacob Tamme      
PR David Gilreath Joe Lefeged Terrence Johnson    
KR Devin Moore Chad Spann      
PC Justin Snow Jacob Tamme John Gill    
LS Justin Snow Jacob Tamme John Gill    

Thoughts:

  • I can't believe that Jacob Lacey will keep the starting job over Justin Tryon once the season starts.
  • As Paul Kuharsky says in his post, Austin Collie in the H-Back position merely means that the base offense will be three wide. Get all your weapons on the field.
  • While this offensive line is not the one I hope to start the 4th game with (I'd like it to change by the first game really), I can live with it for a few games. It's already better than last year's starting line just by replacing Jamey Richards. But, if Castonzo and Ijalana aren't in the starting lineup by the fourth game, I'll be concerned.
  • Blair White is last on the depth chart. Missing camp has not been good for a player who's fighting to stay on the roster. It's not looking good for him right now, especially with David Gilreath listed as the PR.
  • Ernie Sims and Tommie Harris will both move up by the end of camp. I'd predict Harris to be the fifth tackle in a rotation of Johnson, Foster, Moala, and Nevis (maybe Matthews).
  • Nice to see Joe Lefeged as the backup SS. I really liked him before the draft, and was ecstatic to see the Colts had signed him. I can't wait to see him play on Saturday.

Overall, take this with a huugge grain of salt. The first depth chart means very little going into September 11th. But, it's fun to talk, so we will anyway.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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