2019 Colts Training Camp Preview: Defensive Linemen

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the Indianapolis Colts set to begin training camp soon at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., Colts.com previews the team’s defensive linemen.

NOTABLE RETURNERS:

» Denico Autry (defensive tackle/end)

» Margus Hunt (defensive tackle/end)

» Tyquan Lewis (defensive tackle/end)

» Al-Quadin Muhammad (defensive end)

» Jabaal Sheard (defensive end)

» Grover Stewart (defensive tackle)

» Kemoko Turay (defensive end)

» Jihad Ward (defensive tackle)

NOTABLE ADDITIONS:

» Gerri Green (defensive end)

» Justin Houston (defensive end)

NOTABLE CAMP BATTLES:

» Obum Gwacham (defensive end)

» Dadi Nicolas (defensive end)

» Carroll Phillips (defensive end)

» Caraun Reid (defensive tackle)

» Sterling Shippy (defensive tackle)

NOTABLE LOSSES:

» Geneo Grissom (defensive end)

» Al Woods (defensive tackle)

THE SKINNY:

Last year’s switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base defense proved successful for the Colts’ defensive linemen, who hope to take yet another major step forward in 2019.

The team utilized free agency to bring aboard one of the league’s most feared pass rushers in Justin Houston, who has 78.5 career sacks and four Pro Bowl selections in eight seasons, and also returns veterans Jabaal Sheard and Al-Quadin Muhammad, while second-year defensive end Kemoko Turay looks to continue his development off the edge.

The interior of the Colts’ defensive line features several key returners like Denico Autry, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2018 who had a career-best nine sacks, Margus Hunt, who had five sacks and 13 tackles for loss last year, as well as Grover Stewart and Tyquan Lewis.

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