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 offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison.
Who is he?
The Colts originally signed Jonotthan Harrison as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2014, and he was one of the most intriguing undrafted signings the team made that year. While at Florida he had played in 51 games and started 39, and many thought he had what it took to start at center at the NFL level too. He did wind up starting a number of games for the Colts, but he wasn’t overly impressive while doing so. He started ten games in 2014 and then last year started nine games, but he wasn’t great despite possessing great physical talent. His snap miscues were the most obvious example of his struggles, but he simply didn’t cut it as the starting center.
What is his role?
The struggles of Harrison (and to a bigger degree Khaled Holmes) led to the Colts using their first round draft pick on a center this year, selecting Alabama’s Ryan Kelly. There’s zero doubt about who the starting center will be, and the Colts even added Iowa’s Austin Blythe in the seventh round for depth. That left serious questions about Harrison’s role on the team, but during the offseason program he moved to guard. Harrison was working with the first team at right guard throughout OTAs and mini-camp, so it seems he has made a position switch. Harrison will compete with Hugh Thornton (and others) at right guard, and while he might not be the favorite to win the spot, it could still lead to Jonotthan Harrison sticking around for depth purposes.
What are his chances?
A lot of it depends upon how Harrison does transitioning to guard, but his versatility and talent could make him a solid depth piece up front.