Earlier this offseason, well before any of the other veteran free agent signings, the Colts made two significant additions by signing Canadian Football League stars Duron Carter and Ben Heenan. Then a week before free agency began, they added defensive lineman Earl Okine.
Previously, fans were left wondering what jersey numbers those players (particularly Carter) would wear, and the team's official roster has been updated to reflect that.
Duron Carter, Wide Receiver - # 9
Carter, the son of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, is himself very talented and was impressive while playing in the CFL, now getting a shot at playing in the National Football League on an explosive offense. He'll join a number of other notable Colts' offensive players wearing lower numbers, as Andrew Luck wears number 12, T.Y. Hilton number 13, and Donte Moncrief number 10. At least for training camp, Carter will wear number 9, so your first chance at seeing him play will be in that number.
Ben Heenan, Offensive Lineman - #63
The former first overall pick in the CFL Draft, Heenan will rep the number of a very popular former Colt in center Jeff Saturday. Those are significant shoes to fill, but Heenan does have a lot of potential as he flies under the radar for most fans. He's definitely someone to keep an eye on, and perhaps a Colts' lineman wearing the familiar number 63 will make people notice. Last year, center A.Q. Shipley wore the number, but he's now in Arizona.
Earl Okine, Defensive Lineman - #64
Okine will wear number 64 as he competes for a spot in training camp, and in fact it's currently a double number for the Colts, as offensive lineman Tyler Hoover also will wear the number. This is something that happens in offseason work and training camp, but if both Okine and Hoover make the 53-man roster (probably unlikely, but we'll see), then one of them would need to change. For now, however, Okine and Hoover will both rep number 64.