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Colts 2016 player preview: Tackle Kevin Graf

NFL: Indianapolis Colts-Minicamp Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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 tackle Kevin Graf.

Who is he?

Kevin Graf was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 out of USC, where he played in 43 games and started 39. The Eagles cut him following the preseason, but quickly signed him to their practice squad. He spent a week on the active roster a month later, only to then be signed again to the practice squad. He stayed on the practice squad for the rest of the season and worked out with the Eagles throughout the 2015 offseason, training camp, and preseason, but was cut on August 30. He didn’t play anywhere in 2015 and was without work in the NFL until the Colts signed him as a free agent this offseason.

What is his role?

What the Colts are always looking for around this time of year, perhaps especially this year, is young depth. Teams like having younger players who they can develop and work with, and so you’ll notice that’s often who teams bring in for training camp. That’s certainly true of Kevin Graf, who is just 25 years old and worked with the Eagles previously. He’s not the most exciting player nor does he stand a very good chance of making the team, but he fits the bill of a typical camp body: a young player who the team wants to see workout and play to determine whether he’s a developmental candidate. It should be pointed out that Graf was actually working as the second team left tackle in mini-camp, so he’ll be in the competition for a depth spot - though that doesn’t mean he’s considered a favorite to make the 53-man roster.

What are his chances?

He’s got an uphill battle to make the roster, but the Colts are always looking for young developmental talent – especially up front.