With the Colts playing their first game of the regular season on Sunday, they released their first depth chart of the regular season. Here are some notable positions.
There are a lot of questions on who is going to start at certain areas. The Colts have been mum on some areas and forthcoming on others. Now the Colts have released their first unofficial depth chart of the regular season, and some of the starters might surprise you.
On offense, the backup left tackle is Le’Raven Clark. This is important because he would be filling in for Anthony Castonzo week 1 if he can’t go. But the biggest news is the right tackle spot, at which Joe Haeg is listed as the starter.
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Haeg has starting experience, so this isn’t a huge surprise. He’s played decently in spurts in that position. But he will need to play well Sunday if he wants to hold that spot. Remember that this is an unofficial depth chart.
On the defensive line, Margus Hunt is listed as the left end starter. The Colts have him listed ahead of Tarell Basham, and have Kemoko Turay now listed as the backup right end. He was listed as the left end starter during the preseason. Hunt is a big dude and should help against stopping the run.
At linebacker, the starters are Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker, and Najee Goode. The surprise is that Skai Moore is not a starter. He had been playing as one during the preseason. The Colts have been high on Walker for awhile, and now that he’s finally healthy he can showcase what he can do.
At corner, it’s Kenny Moore and Nate Hariston. Pierre Desir got passed up by Hairston apparently. Hairston had some good moments last season and had a decent preseason. But I would expect this position to fluctuate greatly in terms of listed starters.
Also of note, Chester Rogers is listed as the kick and punt returner. Nyheim Hines, who was the starter their in the preseason, is now listed as third string returner. That is a big fall for the rookie, who will now see his time on the field decrease.
The Colts listed their depth chart on their twitter account.
Also of note is running back. It looks like Jordan Wilkins is listed as the backup to Marlon Mack. So if Mack can’t go Sunday, it’ll be the rookie who gets the start. He has shown some flashes in preseason, especially the last one against the Bengals.
Now that the depth chart has been released, it’ll be interesting to see who can keep ahold of their starting spots and who gets bumped.