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Colts on the Roster Bubble: D.J. White

Will D.J. White earn a spot in the Colts’ cornerback rotation?

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The Colts will have some major decisions to make at the bottom of their cornerback depth chart before the beginning of the 2018 regular season.

One of the players fighting for a job as a backup cornerback is D.J. White.

General manager Chris Ballard was a member of the Chiefs’ front office when they drafted White in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and Ballard decided to bring him to Indianapolis last season. The Colts claimed him off of waivers in November of last year, and he recorded three tackles in two games before the season was over.

Before moving to Indianapolis, White was a rotational cornerback in Kansas City with 10 tackles, 3 pass breakups, and 1 interception in 2016. He fell out of the Chiefs’ rotation in 2017, which caused them to waive him before the season was over.

The top four cornerback spots are pretty clear on the Colts’ depth chart. The rotation will likely consist of some combination of Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore, Pierre Desir, and Nate Hairston. However, Indianapolis will probably keep six or seven cornerbacks on their regular season roster which leaves a couple of spots open behind that top four.

White’s future in Indianapolis will be determined by two factors: how he performs in training camp, and what Chris Ballard’s evaluation of him was when the Chiefs drafted him a couple of years ago.

If Ballard was really high on him as a prospect coming out of college, that could go a long way in securing a regular season roster spot. But he’ll need to show the Colts’ coaching staff something in training camp to earn a job come September.