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Colts 2016 player preview: Inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera

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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 inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera.

Who is he?

Last year, the Colts selected inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera in the sixth round of the NFL Draft out of Georgia, where he played in 54 games (starting 43).  He racked up 334 tackles in his collegiate career, as well as 21 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions, 11 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.  He had a very productive career at Georgia, and his first year with the Colts was spent bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster.  He was waived after the final roster cuts, only to be signed to the practice squad two days later.  Then in mid-October, the Colts signed him to the active roster for one game before waiving him a few days later -€” signing him to the practice squad the next day.  Then in December, they signed him to the active roster again... only to be waived a week later and then signed to the practice squad the following day.  In total, Herrera saw action in three games for the Colts as a rookie, playing primarily on special teams.

What is his role?

The Colts used Amarlo Herrera as their emergency inside linebacker in 2015, as they kept him on their practice squad until they needed another body on the active roster.  It remains to be seen whether that role will change in 2016, as there are other players also looking to compete at inside linebacker.  The position is very open in terms of depth spots, so Herrera could wind up winning a role as a backup.  Whether it's on the active roster or on the practice squad, however, it would be surprising if the Colts moved on from Herrera.

What are his chances?

He'll compete for a spot, whether that's on the active roster or on the practice squad.