Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster analysis: offense

Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck

No surprises here; Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, while Hasselbeck is one of the best backups in the league. The Indianapolis Colts are in good hands at the quarterback position.

Backs: Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, Mario Harvey

Stanley Havili is on PUP, explaining why the Colts kept former linebacker Mario Harvey at the fullback position.

The only other surprise here is Zurlon Tipton, because I wasn’t expecting the team to keep four running backs. But, Tipton is a talented player and it wasn’t a bad decision to keep him on. Though, he would be one of the first players cut if the Colts wanted to claim someone off the waiver wire.

Richardson and Bradshaw are not surprises here as they were the expected 1-2 punch from the start of the season.

Wide receivers: Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief, Griff Whalen, Da’Rick Rogers

Very happy that the Colts decided to keep all six receivers on the 53-man roster. Whalen and Rogers were on the bubble, but they were both players who have proven their worth and deserve to be available on game day if need be. Good move by the horseshoe here.

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Tight ends: Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Jack Doyle

Again, no surprise here, Allen is an up and coming tight end, while Fleener is a second round pick with great potential. The only real battle was between Doyle and Weslye Saunders, and Saunders was ultimately cut.

Offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Gosder Cherilus, Jack Mewhort, Khaled Holmes, Hugh Thornton, Jonotthan Harrison, A.Q. Shipley (waiver wire pick up), Lance Louis, Xavier Nixon, Joe Reitz

Shipley is a former Colts center who the Colts recently brought back, after the Baltimore Ravens cut him. This is much needed depth, especially since it is uncertain that Holmes will be ready for week 1 against the Denver Broncos.

The rest of the players aren’t much of a surprise, there is only one concern: who will be the backup tackle. Both Nixon and Reitz are out with injuries to start the season. The only explanation could be that Mewhort will take over at the tackle position if need be. We will just have to wait and see.