INDIANAPOLIS – After months of roster construction, a nine-week offseason program, a three-week Training Camp and four preseason games, the Colts have their 53-man roster.
Here’s a look at each position and the makeup of that group:
Bowen’s Analysis: In this day and age in the NFL, not many teams have the luxury of keeping three quarterbacks on a 53-man roster. With just 46 allowed to play on game day and your inevitable slew of injuries, having three quarterbacks on a 53-man roster is nearly impossible. Of course the duo of Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck is about as solid of a quarterback pair you can ask for in 2014.
Running Backs (4):
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Wide Receivers (6):
Bowen’s Analysis: The talk all offseason long was what would be the magical number at the receiver position. As camp unfolded in Anderson, cutting below six looked more and more difficult. With three 1,000-yard receivers leading the group, it will be interesting to watch the roles for Moncrief, Rogers and Whalen.
Tight Ends (3):
Bowen’s Analysis: Another competitive position battle ends with Doyle on the 53-man roster. The Indianapolis native joined the Colts following final cuts last year and has found a niche in this young tight end group. Now, we will watch how the reps/roles are divided for the duo of Allen and Fleener.
Offensive Line (10):
Bowen’s Analysis: No real surprises here as the depth began to emerge over the past couple of weeks. Outside of Lance Louis, the Colts are very young among their five interior guys. Players like Joe Reitz and Xavier Nixon give you plenty of flexibility at the swing tackle spots. However, the unit's health is a concern right now and the line depth will be tested early in 2014.
Defensive Line (7):
Bowen’s Analysis: The dance moves from Kerr will stay in Indianapolis. He’s the perfect example of an undrafted free agent making the most of his opportunities (unfortunately many due to injuries). Veterans on the outside, flank the youth on the interior along this defensive line.
Bowen’s Analysis: This group was probably the most competitive position with so many quality guys at the outside and inside spots. With
Bowen’s Analysis: The battle for that final corner spot was certainly intense down the stretch. Similar to the wide receiver position, that fifth corner has to be somebody who can impact the game on special teams. Purifoy fits the bill as a cover guy and potential returner.
Bowen’s Analysis: With Delano Howell being waived-injured, this position carries four bodies into the regular season. While the starting spot next to LaRon Landry still hasn’t been written in ink, you do go into the regular season with four veterans at a position that is so critical to the Colts defensive’ success in 2014.
Bowen’s Analysis: No drama with these position battles. The Colts can continue to sleep easy knowing they have their “fourth down players” back for another year, led by one of the best punting/kicking duos in the league.