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Colts 2016 player preview: Wide receiver Daniel Anthrop

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The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason.  To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster.  Today, we're looking at wide receiver Daniel Anthrop.

Who is he?

The Colts signed Danny Anthrop (6-0, 193 pounds) as an undrafted free agent this offseason, though he didn't have to move far.  Anthrop played collegiately at nearby Purdue University, where he played in 43 games (17 starts) and recorded 113 receptions for 1,384 yards and nine touchdowns (averaging 12.2 yards per catch).  He also carried the football 13 times for 66 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, while he contributed on special teams as well.  In 2015, he played in twelve games and caught 57 passes for 430 yards and two scores.  He told the Lafayette Journal & Courier that the Colts, Buccaneers, and Raiders all wanted to sign him after the draft, but he had a very positive pre-draft workout with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano which, coupled with a look at the Colts' depth chart, led to Anthrop signing with Indy.

What is his role?

Anthrop's story is similar to what we've heard from a number of undrafted free agent wide receivers who signed with the Colts: they took a look at the depth chart, realized that there are spots open, and opted to sign with Indy for a chance to compete for those spots.  The fourth and fifth receiver spots are very much a competition right now, so Anthrop can step in and have a legitimate shot at making the 53-man roster.  Obviously, there are a number of players thinking the same thing right now, which should wind up being a good thing for the Colts in promoting competition.  Because of how open the depth receiver spots are right now it's impossible to predict who will wind up winning those spots, but Danny Anthrop certainly has a good shot.

What are his chances?

He has a decent shot at winding up as the fourth or fifth wide receiver, but there are plenty of others who will be competing as well -€” making his status very much uncertain.