Below is a defensive roster breakdown of the Colts 53-man roster with the players on the practice squad, injured reserve, and physically unable to perform indicated below:
Defensive Line (9): Chigbo Anunoby,Josh Chapman, Antonio Johnson, Ricardo Matthews, Brandon McKinney, Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Cory Redding, Martin Tevaseu
Outlook: The new look defensive line has new faces and old faces in new places across the three-man front. Johnson is the nose guard in the middle of the line. Moala slides over from his defensive tackle spot and is now an end in the new 3-4 hybrid defense. Redding comes over from Baltimore and brings a veteran voice and knowledge of the scheme with him.
Linebackers (13): Mario Addison, Pat Angerer, Jerry Brown, Kavell Conner, A.J. Edds, Moise Fokou, Jerrell Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Mario Harvey, Justin Hickman, Jerry Hughes, Scott Lutrus, Robert Mathis
Outlook: Freeney and Mathis have been the talk of the offseason moving to the linebacker position. With Angerer sidelined for the start of the preseason, Jerrell Freeman is expected to start in the middle of the defense. Conner has had to take over more of leadership role without Angerer and will be starting his third straight season with the Colts. Addison and Hughes have both had productive preseasons at the outside linebacker position, while Freeney and Mathis have been resting.
Cornerbacks (6): Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, Justin King, Korey Lindsey, Jerraud Powers, Cassius Vaughn
Outlook: The news of the preseason came earlier last week as general manager Ryan Grigson and his staff acquired Davis from the Dolphins. Davis is expected to start opposite Powers to start the regular season and gives the Colts some more young talent in the secondary. Grigson and his staff have been busy this offseason acquiring six cornerbacks with NFL experience.
Safeties (4): Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown, Joe Lefeged, Tom Zbikowski
Outlook: Zbikowksi had head coach Chuck Pagano as a position coach and defensive coordinator during his four seasons in Baltimore. He will be paired up with two-time Pro Bowl selection Antoine Bethea as the starting safeties. Lefeged played in all 16 games as undrafted rookie in 2011.
Specialists (3): Pat McAfee, Matt Overton, Adam Vinatieri
Outlook: The Colts bring back one of the better kicking duos in the NFL. Vinatieri is entering his 17th NFL season and hit a 53-yarder against the Steelers in Week 2 of the preseason. McAfee will handle the punting and kickoff duties in 2012. Overton, 27, is the newcomer to the field goal unit. The new Colts long snapper hails from Western Washington and is expected to make his NFL debut in Chicago.
Bold = Practice Squad
Italicized =Injured Reserve
Underlined = Physically Unable to Perform
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