Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster analysis: defense and special teams

Defensive end: Cory Redding, Ricky Jean-Francois, Arthur Jones, Zach Kerr

One of the deeper positions on the Colts roster, only Kerr is an unfamiliar face. And if you have been watching the pre-season, Kerr may be a familiar face as well, as he played his heart out in that time span.

Nose tackle: Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes

Two young guys with plenty of potential. I really can’t wait to see what Chapman and Hughes can do this season, after having a few years in this defense.

Outside linebacker: Erik Walden, Jonathan Newsome, Andy Studebaker, Bjoern Werner, Cam Johnson

Walden and Werner were shoe in’s, and with Robert Mathis not officially on the roster till after week 4, it opened up space for Studebaker and Johnson to make the team. Newsome and Johnson are two players that I am most interested in, as they may be able to help with the hole left by Mathis.

Inside linebacker: D’Qwell Jackson, Jerrell Freeman, Josh McNary, Henoc Muamba

I am glad to see that Kelvin Sheppard was cut, for the sake of the team. Muamba and McNary are both very talented young guys who could really help provide a punch to the middle of this defense. Jackson and Freeman were the projected starters from day one.

Cornerback: Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, Josh Gordy, Loucheiz Purifoy

Davis, Toler and Butler have been the starting corners since the beginning of last season, so no surprise they made the roster there. Gordy has been nice depth since the end of last season, so, again, no shock.

Purifoy and Marcus Burley both made such strong cases to be the fifth and final corner on the roster, and cutting either of them was going to be tough. So instead, GM Ryan Grigson traded Burley to the Seattle Seahawks for a 6th round pick. Well done, Mr. Grigson, can’t wait to see what Purifoy can do in the NFL

DB highlights –

Kicker: Adam Vinatieri

The guy is a legend, is there much analysis needed here?

Punter: Pat McAfee

This guy will be a legend (as much as a punter can be), by the end of his career, is there any more analysis needed here?

Long snapper: Matt Overton

Mainly known for snapping the ball really far and accurately, and being one of McAfee’s best friends.

Go Colts!