The Colts’ corps of linebackers will be one of the most interesting position groups to keep an eye on with training camp just around the corner.
One of last year’s starting linebackers may not even make the regular season roster next season.
Antonio Morrison started 15 games last year and recorded 64 tackles as the Colts’ starting inside linebacker. He also played in 16 games during the 2016 season, including four starts, and racked up 27 tackles during his first season in Indianapolis.
However, the Colts have a new coaching staff in town and they may not be married to Morrison as their starting linebacker next season. In fact, a report from 1070 The Fan indicated that new free agent acquisition Tyrell Adams was getting first team reps over Antonio Morrison during this year’s OTA’s.
Najee Goode and Anthony Walker will also be competing for playing time with Morrison, and incoming rookies Darius Leonard, Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin, and Skai Moore will all be in the mix during training camp.
Morrison’s familiarity with the Colts’ defense from his experience in Indianapolis goes out the window as defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus brings a new scheme to town. Morrison may not be a good fit in Eberflus’ new 4-3 defense as he doesn’t have a good track record of playing well in pass coverage, which will be a bigger responsibility for linebackers than it was in last year’s 3-4 scheme.
There aren’t many combinations of linebackers that would surprise me on next season’s regular season roster. With Morrison already missing out on reps during OTA’s, he’ll need to have a very strong training camp to keep his job in Indianapolis.