Back in April, I posted my first guess at the roster. Two months later in June, I did it again. I re-visited that June roster prediction back on August 11th and now, after two preseason games and the team heading into the 'dress rehearsal' game, I present my latest proposed depth chart for the 2010 Indianapolis Colts.
Hope you enjoy. Please, be merciful. For offense...
QB: Peyton Manning, Curtis Painter, Tom Brandstater
RB: Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Mike Hart, Devin Moore
WR: Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, Brandon James
TE: Dallas Clark, Brody Eldridge, Jacob Tamme, Justin Snow
OT: Charlie Johnson, Ryan Diem, Tony Ugoh, Jeff Linkenbach
OG: Kyle DeVan, Jamey Richard, Mike Pollak, Jacques McClendon
OC: Jeff Saturday
Notes: Back on August 11th, I had the Colts keeping six wide receivers. With Taj Smith being too inconsistent, and Sam Giguere really doing nothing so far in preseason, I don't see the Colts keeping six. For most of last year, they kept only four, adding Sam Giguere right before the start of the playoffs. Brandon James, a running back in college, is now listed at wideout by the team. He will be the fifth WR based solely on his special teams skills. Jeff Linkenbach replaces Adam Terry at tackle because Linkenbach offers more versatility. Devin Moore makes the team because he has been electric during camp and preseason.
DE: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, John Chick, Jerry Hughes
DT: Daniel Muir, Antonio Johnson, Fili Moala, Eric Foster, Mitch King, Marlon Favorite
OLB: Clint Session, Philip Wheeler, Kavell Conner, Ramon Humber
ILB: Gary Brackett, Cody Glenn, Pat Angerer
CB: Jerraud Powers, Kelvin Hayden, Jacob Lacey, Deshea Townsend, Terrail Lambert
FS: Antoine Bethea, Unsigned Veteran
SS: Bob Sanders, Melvin Bullitt
K: Adam Vinatieri
P: Pat McAfee
Notes: Lots of changes on defense.To start, last go around I had the Colts cutting Jamie Silva. Obviously, with him landing on IR, that won't happen. I also don't think the team is sold on Mike Newton. He's looked pretty bad in both preseason games. So, I think the team will sign an as-yet-unknown veteran at safety, not unlike Aaron Francisco last year. Terrail Lambert and Marlon Favorite are added to the defense as well. Favorite was singled out by Bill Polian after the 49ers game, which is a strong sign. Lambert was everywhere against the Bills last week. Both have played well in preseason, and both will likely make the roster. Because of Lambert excelling, Ray Fisher is gone.