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Indianapolis Colts Roster Breakdown in 2020
If the Colts’ offseason plan was likened to a game of poker, Chris Ballard sensed an opportunity to go all-in. The Indianapolis GM went ahead and pushed all of his chips into the middle and has thus helped his franchise ascend to the top of the AFC South totem pole.
At least that’s the way the best NFL betting sites see it.
The Philip Rivers signing is a short-term fix, but that’s exactly where the focus is — on the here and now.
I’ll break down the Indianapolis Colts’ depth charts now.
*Names in bold denotes player is a starter
Colts Quarterback Depth Chart
The future in Indy is Jacob Eason, but it’s all about Philip Rivers in 2020. The 38-year-old is coming off a poor final season with the Chargers but should be reinvigorated for the final chapter of what has been an illustrious career.
Jacoby Brissett begins the year as the Colts’ #2 QB, but that’ll be a temporary bridge until Eason is fully embraced into Frank Reich’s system.
Colts Running Back Depth Chart
|Bruce Anderson III|
Indianapolis should feel great about their running back room.
Marlon Mack missed a couple of games in 2019 yet still racked up nearly 1,100 rushing yards and reached pay dirt eight times. Mack is back in the saddle as the Colts’ lead back in 2020, but he could be headed toward an even split with Jonathan Taylor.
The standout at Wisconsin is worth a look for anyone making an NFL Offensive ROY pick.
Pass catching specialist Nyheim Hines will assume the RB duties on the majority of third downs.
Colts Wide Receiver Depth Chart
|Michael Pittman Jr.|
A healthy T.Y. Hilton means the Colts’ depth chart at WR is in great hands. We don’t have to pretend Hilton is still one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but we can all agree he’s more than capable of being a reliable #1 target.
And there’s more.
Michael Pittman Jr. is a highly talented rookie who has all the tools to make an impact right away. Parris Campbell has burner-like speed that will enable him to do damage coming out of the slot, while Zach Pascal quietly posted pretty decent numbers in 2019 (41-607-5).
Colts Tight End Depth Chart
An above-average tight end but far from elite, Jack Doyle will be the primary TE catching balls from Philip Rivers in 2020.
Eric Ebron’s departure is curtailed thanks to nabbing Trey Burton in what appears to be a perfect fit. Burton is familiar with Frank Reich’s offense, having played under him in Philadelphia, and should quickly assert himself in Indianapolis.
Mo-Alie Cox played nearly a third of the snaps in 2019 and possesses enough athleticism to catch jump balls in the end zone.
Colts Offensive Line Depth Chart
|Left Tackle||Anthony Castonzo||Chaz Green||Travis Vornkahl|
|Left Guard||Quenton Nelson||Jake Eldrenkamp||Cedrick Lane|
|Right Guard||Mark Glowinski||Javon Patterson||Danny Pinter|
|Right Tackle||Braden Smith||Le’Raven Clark||Andre Donnal|
Perhaps the brightest spot of the Colts’ organization is their offensive line. Notably the play of Quenton Nelson, who Sam Monson of pff.com ranked as the fourth-best player in the entire league heading into 2020.
Ryan Kelly belongs in the upper echelon of NFL centers, and both of the Colts’ tackles are Pro Bowl-caliber players. In the event that Mark Glowinski’s play isn’t up to snuff, Javon Patterson and rookie Danny Pinter will be waiting in the wings.
Colts Defensive Line Depth Chart
|Defensive End||Defensive Tackle|
|Justin Houston||DeForest Buckner|
|Kemoko Turay||Grover Steward|
|Ben Banogu||Denico Autry|
|Al-Quadin Muhammad||Sheldon Day|
|Kendall Coleman||Tyquan Lewis|
Justin Houston was the lone defensive lineman in Indy who could be counted on to supply penetration. That led to Chris Ballard parting ways with the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for stud DT DeForest Buckner.
Buckner’s arrival, along with progression from Ben Banogu, tells me the Colts front seven should be much more durable.
Colts Linebacker Depth Chart
|Position||Starter||Backup||Third String||Fourth String|
|SLB||Bobby Okereke||Matthew Adams||Gerri Green|
|MLB||Anthony Walker||Bobby Okereke||Zaire Franklin||Brandon Wellington|
|WLB||Darius Leonard||E.J. Speed||Skai Moore||Jordan Glasgow|
In terms of the most complete defenders in the National Football League, 2018 DROY Darius Leonard is in the thick of the conversation. Anthony Walker is a disciplined middle linebacker, while Bobby Okereke is already climbing the ranks just one season into his professional career.
The Colts’ linebacker room might be underrated if you ask a casual fan, but those close to the situation know exactly how potent this unit is.
Colts Cornerback Depth Chart
|Kenny Moore II|
|Marvell Tell III|
|Picasso Nelson Jr.|
A quick look at the stats showed Chris Ballard that he had no choice other than to address the team’s secondary — specifically the cornerbacks on the Colts’ roster. Hence, Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie were inked to deals, and both Pierre Desir and Quincy Wilson were free to walk.
Kenny Moore II and Marvell Tell III will be rotated in, although Rock Ya-Sin is the guy expected to take a big jump.
Colts Safety Depth Chart
Not much has changed here other than Clayton Geathers not returning. Julian Blackmon is an exciting rookie who will get an opportunity to shine, but Malik Hooker is firm as the team’s starting free safety.
Khari Willis will man the strong safety position and should once again be among Indy’s leading tacklers.
Colts Special Teams Depth Chart
|Kicker:||Punter:||Long Snapper:||Holder:||Punt Returner:||Kick Returner:|
|Chase McLaughlin, Rodrigo Blankenship||Rigoberto Sanchez||Luke Rhodes||Rigoberto Sanchez||Nyheim Hines||Nyheim Hines|
Rodrigo Blankenship reached a deal with the Colts at the end of April to compete for the starting kicker job. With that being said, I’m pretty bullish on Chase McLaughlin being one of the genuine fantasy football kicker sleepers in 2020.
Nyheim Hines has great footwork and terrific burst, qualifying him as the perfect guy to be in charge of returning punts and kick-offs.
Colts Roster Analysis
- Grade: B+
I haven’t been shy when it comes to extolling Chris Ballard for the work he has done in Indianapolis. Remember, the Colts’ depth chart was thrown for a loop when Andrew Luck decided to call it quits in the 11th hour, and Indianapolis didn’t have any first-round picks in 2020.
Yet somehow and someway, the Colts GM has replenished this roster to the point that they’re considered a contender in the AFC.
Well, maybe they aren’t on par with Kansas City or Baltimore, but I did pick them to emerge in this AFC South prediction post.
Betting on the Indianapolis Colts in 2020
Now that you have a good idea of what the Indianapolis Colts’ roster looks like, you can start formulating your own opinion as to how the team will perform.
Seeing a return on your investment is unlikely if you back Indy to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February. Nevertheless, there are a couple of other Colts bets that have a much higher likelihood of paying off.