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Colts 2015 Player Preview: Long Snapper Matt Overton

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 long snapper Matt Overton.

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Over the past few years, the Colts' "fourth down army" has become one of the best units on the team, as the Colts' special teams have consistently been among the best in the NFL and has been led by the trio of kicker Adam Vinatieri, punter Pat McAfee, and long snapper Matt Overton.

Overton had a long road to get to the Colts, as he went undrafted out of Western Washington University in 2007, spent two stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2007 and 2010) though was released both times before making it to the regular season.  He also played in the Indoor Football League and the United Football League before Colts general manager Ryan Grigson discovered him and signed him to a contract in 2012.  He beat out 12-year veteran long snapper Justin Snow in training camp to win the Colts' long snapping job, a role he has held for the past three seasons.  He has played in every game over the past three years for the Colts and has recorded 13 tackles in addition to his long snapping duties.  He was named to the Pro Bowl in the 2013 season for his performance.

Overton really doesn't have any competition this offseason, as the Colts re-signed him this offseason to a four-year, $4 million extension and didn't sign another long snapper.  He has complete job security, and for good reason - he has done a very good job in his role with the Colts.  Not only is he a good long snapper, however, he also is normally one of the first ones downfield in coverage and it isn't uncommon for him to make a tackle on special teams as well.  In addition to all of that, he has been a great influence in the Indianapolis community as well, being very involved and doing a lot of good.  Overton is a lock to make the Colts' roster and likely will be the team's long snapper for years to come as well.