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Colts 2016 player preview: Defensive lineman Kendall Langford

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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 defensive lineman Kendall Langford.

Who is he?

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson gets criticized often for his free agent moves, but one of his signings that has really worked out so far has been defensive lineman Kendall Langford. Signed last offseason, Langford had a great year with the Colts in 2015, starting all 16 games and recording 38 tackles, seven sacks, and three passes defensed. His impact on the defense overall was strong and he provided good play against both the run and the pass. Prior to signing with the Colts, Langford spent the first four seasons of his career with the Dolphins (who picked him in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft) and then the next three seasons against the St. Louis Rams. He has been a good player during his eight year career, but perhaps the most remarkable aspect of it is this: he hasn’t missed a game during that span, having played in 128 games to begin his career.

What is his role?

Langford’s role with the Colts is set in stone: he’ll be a starter and a major contributor. The Colts appear to have plenty of defensive line depth, but Langford was very good in 2015 and will be the team’s starting defensive end once again this year. If he can produce at the same level he did last year, he’ll have another good year and will help make the defensive line a formidable one.

What are his chances?

Kendall Langford will make the roster and be a starter once again.