The Indianapolis Colts will once again have a new starting quarterback in Week 1. The team turned to veteran Philip Rivers this offseason following the unexpected retirement of Andrew Luck. The Colts also made a big move with the acquisition of All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner before adding a few dynamic pieces to the offense through the draft.
For the purpose of this depth chart, we will be projecting up to the top four at any given position. The Colts can carry 90 players on the roster for now, but that number will drop significantly when the coaches settle on the 53-man roster in the week leading up to the regular season.
Rookies will be denoted with a (*).
|QB||Philip Rivers||Jacoby Brissett||Jacob Eason*||Chad Kelly|
|RB||Marlon Mack||Jonathan Taylor*||Nyheim Hines||Jordan Wilkins|
|LWR||T.Y. Hilton||Zach Pascal||Marcus Johnson|
|RWR||Michael Pittman Jr.*||Daurice Fountain||Dezmon Patmon|
|SWR||Parris Campbell||Artavis Scott||Chad Williams|
|TE||Jack Doyle||Trey Burton||Mo Alie-Cox||Matt Lengel|
|LT||Anthony Castonzo||Chaz Green||Travis Vornkahl|| |
|LG||Quenton Nelson||Jake Eldrenkamp|
|C||Ryan Kelly|| |
|RG||Mark Glowinski||Danny Pinter|| |
|RT||Braden Smith||Le'Raven Clark|| |
Many wondered whether or not Indianapolis was comfortable moving forward with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. The answer, found through the team's moves this offseason, is a resounding no. After signing Rivers in free agency, the team drafted Jacob Eason out of Washington. The hope is that Eason is the future, and Rivers occupies the role in the present. Despite being new to the Colts, Rivers has worked with head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni during his career. His past should correlate to a more seamless transition and early success for his new club.
Marlon Mack has been sensational when available, but he has missed eight games over the past three years. Rookie Jonathan Taylor was regarded as one of the best prospect's at his position in 2020. He has some fumbling tendencies, but was reliable for Wisconsin during his college career. He brings vision and burst to the new-look offense. Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins provide functional depth.
Michael Pittman Jr. was the perfect fit for Indianapolis atop the second round. He should compliment T.Y. Hilton well. Hilton is the lightning to Pittman's thunder. Pittman has worked tirelessly to perfect his route-running and be concise out of his breaks. He is a taller option that the team can target in the red zone. The team invested a high draft choice in Parris Campbell last year, but his rookie campaign was lackluster and injury-plagued. The hope is that he continues to develop and serves as another outlet for Rivers. The veteran quarterback is coming from a system where he was reliant upon Hunter Henry, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.
Indianapolis received great production from tight end Eric Ebron initially, but then it all crumbled to pieces in his second year with the team. They turned to another reclamation project this offseason in the form of Trey Burton. Burton offers potential alongside the always reliable Jack Doyle. Ebron has since moved on to Pittsburgh.
Anthony Castonzo elected to return for another season and the Colts were ecstatic. One source within the organization believes that Castonzo is a top five NFL left tackle. Rivers will have a luxury that he never had while with San Diego or Los Angeles -- a quality offensive line. Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly are two of the best up the middle as right guard Mark Glowinski and right tackle Braden Smith are solid performers as well.
|DE||Kemoko Turay||Kendall Coleman*||Al-Quadin Muhammad|
|NT||Grover Stewart||Sheldon Day||Robert Windsor*|
|DT||DeForest Buckner||Denico Autry||Tyquan Lewis|
|DE||Justin Houston||Ben Banogu|
|LB||Bobby Okereke||Skai Moore||Gerri Green|
|LB||Anthony Walker||Zaire Franklin|
|LB||Darius Leonard||E.J. Speed||Jordan Glasgow*|
|LCB||Rock Ya-Sin||Marvell Tell III|
|RCB||Xavier Rhodes||Isaiah Rodgers*|
|SCB||T.J. Carrie||Kenny Moore II|
|FS||Malik Hooker||Julian Blackmon*|
|SS||Khari Willis||Rolan Milligan|
Over the past two years, the Colts have added two difference makers along the defensive line. In 2019, general manager Chris Ballard brought in edge rusher Justin Houston, who produced 11 sacks last season for the AFC South franchise. Ballard made a big trade this offseason acquiring Buckner from the 49ers. Opposite Houston, the team has Kemoko Turay, who has shown promise but has been unable to stay healthy.
The linebacker unit highlights the defensive commitment to speed. Undersized by most standards, Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke are sideline-to-sideline capable players, which allows the team to better match up in coverage against the modern era of spread offenses. There is very little depth along the front seven, but it is a unit that has been substantially upgraded in recent years.
The secondary received an infusion of veteran talent cast off by other franchises: Xavier Rhodes from the Vikings and T.J. Carrie from the Browns. Rhodes has had a sensational career, but few he dropped off a bit last season. Carrie has been really productive out of the slot, but so has Kenny Moore II. It will be interesting to see how the team uses those two players. The hope is that former second round selection Rock Ya-Sin takes a step forward in his career to become the type of player that the team envisioned when they selected him. Rookie Isaiah Rodgers has track caliber speed but needs some polish on his technique.
Finally, the secondary may offer the most depth and upside on the defensive side of the ball. Malik Hooker, a former first round selection, has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason. When healthy, he is a difference-maker. Khari Willis and Julian Blackmon have been two great value draft selections. Scouts thought highly of both players. The concern is that both missed time with injuries last season as well.
|K||Chase McLaughlin||Rodrigo Blankenship*|
|P||Rigoberto Sanchez|| |
|LS||Luke Rhodes|| |
|KR||Nyheim Hines||Isaiah Rodgers*|
|PR||Nyheim Hines||Isaiah Rodgers*|
Indianapolis was not thrilled with the production of veteran Adam Vinatieri last season. He intends to continue playing but that is unlikely to be with the Colts. Instead, there will be a competition between Chase McLaughlin and Rodrigo Blankenship, who was very productive during his career at Georgia.
Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers was added to provide some competition in the return game. He brings track caliber speed to the table.