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Colts 2016 player preview: Inside linebacker Edwin Jackson

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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 Edwin Jackson.

Who is he?

Edwin Jackson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 out of Georgia Southern, though the Cardinals released him at the end of the preseason.  He went several months without signing anywhere until the Colts came calling in early December, signing Jackson to their practice squad.  A week later they released him from their practice squad, only to bring him back the following week.  After the regular season ended, the Colts signed Jackson to a reserve/future contract.  Collegiately, Jackson played in 48 games at Georgia Southern (starting 23) and recorded 218 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.  As a senior in 2015, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt conference.

What is his role?

The Colts have an opening at inside linebacker due to the departure of Jerrell Freeman in free agency, so that will be something we'll be watching during training camp.  Nate Irving and Sio Moore are the frontrunners for the spot, but Edwin Jackson will be another player looking to compete.  He likely won't factor into the starting lineup or rotation, but he could be battling for a depth position with the likes of Amarlo Herrera, Antonio Morrison, and Junior Sylvestre.

What are his chances?

Jackson will be battling for a roster spot, and the competition at inside linebacker means there are spots still open.