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Colts 2015 Player Preview: Safety Colt Anderson

The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on August 1 with a 90-man roster, and we'll be taking a look at every single player on the roster (though it obviously will change some) as we approach camp. Today, we look at safety Colt Anderson.

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It seems fitting that a safety named Colt would play for the Colts, and that's what happened when Indy signed safety Colt Anderson in free agency.

Anderson was a late free agent signing by the Colts last year as they desperately needed help at safety, though most of his impact came on special teams.  He appeared in 18 games for the team last year including the playoffs, recording 19 tackles and recovering a fumble.  He did see some action on defense for the Colts, but he was at his best when playing on special teams, where he was one of the unit's best players.  In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Anderson was the second-highest graded special teams player for the Colts last year behind only Pat McAfee.  Whether or not you agree with their assessments of players, the fact remains that Anderson did really well in the role the Colts asked him to play a year ago.

Because of that, they brought him back, re-signing him this offseason to a 1-year extension.  He's not expected to compete for the starting safety spot, as the team has veterans Mike Adams and Dwight Lowery who are the projected starters and then younger players like Clayton Geathers who would likely stand a better chance than Anderson, but that doesn't mean that there's not a place for Colt Anderson.  As a depth safety, he might see a few snaps with the defense like he did last year, but he would also provide a nice boost for the special teams as well.  The versatility that he brings to both backup the safety position and excel on the special teams units give him a good chance at making the 53-man roster again this year.