Starting Lineup Projections: Linebacker


Inside linebacker is another position on this Colts roster that is completely up for grabs with many legitimate competitors for the starting spots.

D’Qwell Jackson and Edwin Jackson were the Colts’ starting linebackers last season.

Indianapolis saved $5.5 million in cap room by cutting D’Qwell Jackson in February leaving at least one of the spots open for this season.

Edwin Jackson isn’t locked in as a starter for 2017 after the Colts’ front office made multiple moves to improve their talent at linebacker.

GM Chris Ballard signed Sean Spence in free agency after he spent last season with the Titans. Ballard also brought in Jonathan Bostic, who sat out all of last year with an injury. The Colts made another move by spending their fifth round pick on Northwestern linebacker Anthony Walker Jr.

Rotoworld has listed two of these newcomers as starters in Sean Spence and Jonathan Bostic.

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Bostic is a bit of a surprise projected starter, but he was reportedly impressive in OTA’s and minicamp and took most of the first-team reps. Bostic is an explosive athlete, but it remains to be seen whether he can get back to that level of athleticism after his broken foot.

Spence has been a part-time starter in his career making 19 starts over the last three seasons with the Titans and Steelers.

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Antonio Morrison made 27 tackles last season as a fourth-round rookie, and has the potential to overtake Spence or Bostic for one of the starting jobs.

He’s reportedly been getting some first-team reps at camp as well, and will battle Bostic for a starting spot

Anthony Walker Jr. is another sleeper candidate as a rookie who was incredibly productive in college.

Edwin Jackson is another young player who has shown potential starting in 8 games last year in his first season playing meaningful snaps.

With more experience, Walker, Jackson and Morrison could be the future at the position for the Colts.

Spence is a solid player, and Bostic could be ready for a big rebound if the reports are true about his strong offseason. The Colts desperately needed to upgrade the linebacker position, and it looks like they’ve done that this offseason.