Below is a roster breakdown of the Colts 53-man roster with the players on the practice squad, injured reserve, and physically unable to perform indicated below:
Quarterbacks (3): Chandler Harnish, Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton
Outlook: The Colts will have three new quarterbacks on the roster in 2012 highlighted by the No. 1 pick in Luck. After missing a portion of the Colts minicamp due to finishing up his degree at Stanford, Luck has had a very productive training camp. Luck led an efficient offense during the preseason leading all AFC quarterbacks in passing yards. Stanton is a new dad off the field and is the father figure of the quarterback trio with six years of NFL experience. He joined the Colts via trade in late March and has been a strong mentor for the first-year quarterbacks. Harnish is the other rookie has had a whirlwind offseason from being the final pick of April’s Draft to backing up Luck in Week 3 of the preseason. Harnish is an Indiana native (Bluffton) threw for two touchdowns in the preseason.
Running Backs (5): Alvester Alexander, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore
Outlook: Offseason additions combined with a pair of returnees has the stable of running backs deep and talented heading into the regular season. The rookie Ballard has led the team in rushing and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has sung his praises throughout training camp. Brown is the starter and had the highlight of the preseason taking Luck’s first pass and scampering 62 yards for a touchdown against the Rams. Moore and Carter haven’t seen the field since suffering rib injuries in Week 1 of the preseason.
Wide Receiver (9): Kris Adams, Donnie Avery, LaVon Brazill, Austin Collie, T.Y. Hilton, Kashif Moore, Jabin Sambrano, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen
Outlook: Reggie Wayne sees a lot of young faces in his receiver group but has said that this might be the most talented corps he has played with in his 11 seasons with the Colts. Wide receiver Donnie Avery is looking to regain his form from early in his career and signed with the Colts after having an injury ridden last two seasons in Tennessee. It remains to be seen when wide receiver Austin Collie returns to the playing field but he had a 23-yard touchdown win Week 1 of the preseason. Rookies T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill can be game changers in the receiving and specials teams part of the game. Admas has made spectacular catches throughout training camp and is the biggest Colts receiver at 6-foot-3-inches and 194-pounds.
Tight End (4): Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones, Kyle Miller
Outlook: A position can’t get any younger than the Colts tight end position. Arians has talked about the importance of versatility at the position and he gets that with each player. Fleener and Allen were two of the top tight ends in college football last year and are expected to make major impacts in Arians’ offense. Jones isn’t as herald as his two fellow rookies but he has more than held his own in training camp including a few cracks at running the ball during short yardage situations.
Offensive Line (13): Justin Anderson, Anthony Castonzo, Hayworth Hicks, Ben Ijalana, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olsen, Mike Person, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley, Darrion Weems
Outlook: Similar to the running back position, the Colts have combined some returnees with veterans along the line. McGlynn suffered an ankle injury during the Rams game but is expected to be ready for Chicago. Castonzo and Reitz started six games together on the left side of the line last season and look to be penciled into that role in 2012. Satele brings 74 starts and five years of NFL experience with him as the man who will be snapping the ball to Luck.
Bold = Practice Squad
Italicized =Injured Reserve
Underlined = Physically Unable to Perform
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