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Colts 2016 player preview: Offensive lineman Joe Reitz

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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 offensive lineman Joe Reitz.

Who is he?

Joe Reitz is entering his seventh season with the Colts, and during his tenure with the team he has proven to be a reliable and versatile player, regardless of his role. He has played in 60 games overall and has started 38 of them, playing both guard and tackle. Last year, Reitz started 14 games, playing primarily at right tackle but also starting games at left tackle and right guard. The 14 games he started last year were easily a career high, surpassing the nine games he started in 2011. Last season also marked the first year of his career in which he played in all 16 games. He has always been a reliable backup and spot-starter for the Colts, but recently he has turned into one of their better linemen and a capable starter.

What is his role?

The Colts have three of their five starting offensive line spots filled, leaving the right guard and right tackle positions open. Joe Reitz will be competing for a starting job at one of those spots, as he is the leading candidate to start at right tackle. His biggest competition seems to be Denzelle Good, who was playing some guard this offseason instead of tackle. If that continues to be the case, it could solidify Reitz’s chances of starting. He won’t be the star player along the line, but he also should be good enough to be a starter on a dependable unit.

What are his chances?

Reitz will make the roster, and though his role isn’t determined yet he’s the favorite to be the team’s top right tackle.