Colts early 53 man roster predictions for the 2020 NFL season

  • Andrew Luck
  • Darius Leonard
  • DeForest Buckner
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  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Marlon Mack
  • Phillip Rivers
  • Quenton Nelson
  • T.Y. Hilton
By Peter Pax July 29, 2020 0 Comment

The Indianapolis Colts are coming off a disappointing 2019 campaign primarily due to the surprising retirement of their star quarterback Andrew Luck.

This off-season, the Indianapolis Colts made some big moves to upgrade the roster and made some sneaky depth signings as well. In 2020, the Colts are looking to reclaim the AFC South title.

QB (3): Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett, Jacob Eason

Philip Rivers was brought in in to be the starter, Jacoby Brissett is earning a lot of money to be a backup, but with Rivers is on the wrong side of 30. Also, with  COVID-19 likely affecting the season, the Colts want to have a good backup quarterback . Jacob Eason was drafted with the hopes that he can be their future quarterback, they hope to groom him for a year or two to take over when Rivers retires.

RB (4): Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins

Marlon Mack had an impressive 2019 campaign and will almost certainly be the starter heading into week one. Jonathan Taylor was drafted in the second round because they believe he is too talented to pass up. He also brings more diversity to the backfield. Nyheim Hines is their do it all back and is a fantastic punt returner with nine returns for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Wilkins is averaging an impressive 5.8 YPA with 111 carries in his career. The Colts have the deepest running back room in the NFL.

FB (1): Roosevelt Nix

Roosevelt Nix was brought in to help the Colts pound the rock. The team wants to enforce their will on opposing teams. A strong ground game is crucial for that. Nix is a great complement to their stout offensive line

TE (3): Jack Doyle, Trey Burton, Mo-Allie Cox

Jack Doyle was a Pro-Bowler last year. He isn’t a fantastic vertical threat but is a great blocker and has excellent hands. He is their old reliable. Trey Burton was brought in to fill Eric Ebron‘s role. If he can have the monster red zone production Ebron had remains to be seen, but he was a good producer with head coach Frank Reich in Philly and should be solid. Mo-Allie Cox is a former Basketball player turned tight end. He is a good blocker and has enormous hands. He hasn’t had much production or targets but is a crucial cog in their run game

OL (9): Anthony Castonzo, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski, Braden Smith, Danny Pinter, Jake Eldrencamp, Le’Raven Clark, Javon Patterson

The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in football led by Quenton Nelson. The main weakness of their line is depth. The unit is led by a starting five of Nelson, Anthony Castonzo, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinksi, and Braden Smith. Their starters played all 16 games. You cant count on that being the case consistently.

WR (6): TY Hilton, Zach Pascal, Micheal Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, Marcus Johnson, Reece Fountain

TY Hilton is the alpha dog of this offense. Hilton has only failed to surpass 1,000 yards three times in his career and has only missed ten games in his career. He consistently draws double coverage and is a fantastic vertical threat.  Zach Pascal was thrust into a starting role after injuries last year and shined leading the team in receiving yards. Micheal Pittman Jr. is a big-bodied receiver with great hands who goes up and gets it. Philip Rivers will love him.

Marcus Johnson was also thrust into a more significant role last year and looked good. Fountain is going into his third year and hasn’t produced due to suffering a season-ending ankle fracture in training camp last year. It is likely that he will narrowly beat out Patmon for the final spot due to his experience and familiarity with the offense in the shortened off-season.

D-Line (9): Deforest Buckner, Justin Houston, Kemoko Turay, Denico Autry, Grover Stewart, Ben Banogu, Al-Quaddin Muhamed, Sheldon Day, Tyquan Lewis

The Colts traded their first-round pick for Deforest Buckner. He was a second-team all-pro in 2019 with the 49ers. They had too part ways with him due to cap space. Justin Houston had 11 sacks last season and looked rejuvenated, switching to a 4-3 defensive end. Kemoko Turay was second in pressure rate last season before fracturing his ankle vs. the Chiefs. He has been working with Robert Mathis and is 100% for the season. Denico Autry had nine sacks in 2018 and a disappointing 2019 season. He will move all around the D-line and is a solid player.

Grover Stewart will play the one tech next to Buckner. Ben Banogu was drafted in the second round last year and has athletic upside. He had a solid rookie season and should have an expanded role with the departure of Jabal Sheard. Al-Quaddin Muhamed is so consistent, he probably will never be a 10+ sack guy but just does everything well. Sheldon Day was signed to be depth, and Tyquan Lewis has been very disappointing after being a second-round pick in 2018. Many people don’t think they are ready to cut bait on him yet, but if they do, Windsor may win the last spot.

LB (5): Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, Anthony Walker, EJ Speed, Jordan Glasgow

Darius Leonard is a ‘Maniac’. He’s a top-three linebacker in the NFL. Bobby Okereke was excellent his rookie year. He will push Anthony Walker for the starting Mike due to his coverage ability. Anthony Walker is no slouch and has been a great producer next to Darius Leonard. EJ Speed was drafted last year out of Tarleton State and is a project. He is a freak athlete and is very fast, as his last name might have suggested. Jordan Glasgow was an excellent special teams player at Michigan and will probably make the roster due to that.

DB: Kenny Moore, Rock Ya-Sin, Xavier Rhodes, Marvell Tell, Isaiah Rodgers, TJ Carrie, Malik Hooker, Khari Willis, Julian Blackmon, George Odum

Kenny Moore is one of the best slot corners in the NFL. Rock Ya-Sin had a good rookie season and was excellent down the stretch, Xavier Rhodes has been in decline for the last two seasons and the team hopes a change of scenery can stop the free fall he’s been in. Marvell Tell moved from safety to corner and looked promising last season. He has really good size for a corner. Isaiah Rodgers has 4.28 speed they hope he can develop into a good player and TJ Carrie is a veteran who can play multiple different positions.

Malik Hooker hasn’t lived up to the Ed Reed comparisons but has been solid. Khari Willis, who had a great rookie season, has excellent instincts. Julian Blackmon tore his ACL in December and likely won’t play until mid-October at the soonest. They love his ball instincts as a converted safety from corner and his willingness to come up and hit you. George Odum is a good depth player and will bring value on special teams.

Special Teams: Rodrigo Blankenship, Rigoberto Sanchez, Luke Rhodes

Rigoberto Sanchez has been good for the Colts as has Luke Rhodes. Rodrigo Blankenship vs. Chase Mclaughlin will be the battle in camp.

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