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Defensive line is a concern for the Colts on the 53-man roster


INDIANAPOLIS -- Here’s a player-by-player look at the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster:

QUARTERBACK (2)

Andrew Luck: Luck could lead the NFL in touchdown passes for the second straight season because he has the best supporting cast of his career on offense.

Matt Hasselbeck: The 39-year-old quarterback is in his 18th season.

RUNNING BACK (4)

Frank Gore: He’s rushed for at least 1,000 yards in eight of his 10 NFL seasons.

Vick Ballard: He was a surprise pick to make the roster because he has not played in a regular-season game since Week 1 of the 2013 season due to injuries. He suffered three hamstring injuries this preseason.

Josh Robinson: The Colts believe he has the potential to be an every-down running back at some point.

Tyler Varga: He’s an undrafted free agent out of Yale.

WIDE RECEIVER (5)

T.Y. Hilton: He’s coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance after having 1,345 yards receiving last season.

Andre Johnson: He’s had at least 1,000 yards receiving in seven of his 12 NFL seasons. He’ll be Luck’s possession receiver.

Phillip Dorsett: The team’s first-round pick will be used in an assortment of ways, and he’ll return punts.

Donte Moncrief: He’ll likely begin the season as the team’s third receiver over Dorsett. Moncrief had 32 receptions for 444 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Griff Whalen: He beat Duron Carter and Vincent Brown to be the fifth receiver. Whalen bounced between the practice squad and active roster in each of the past two seasons.

TIGHT END (3)

Dwayne Allen: He had a career-high eight touchdown catches despite only having 29 receptions last season. He’s missed 18 games the past two seasons because of injuries.

Coby Fleener: He had 774 yards receiving and eight touchdown receptions, both career highs, last season.

Jack Doyle: He’s the blue-collar tight end of the group, as the Colts will use him as a fullback at times since they don’t have one on the roster.

OFFENSIVE LINE (10)

Anthony Castonzo: Only offensive lineman to start every game last season.

Denzelle Good: The seventh-round pick made the roster after being the 255th player taken in the draft. Don’t expect him to contribute much this season.

Robert Myers: The Colts claimed Myers off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday. The fifth-round pick is considered more of a developmental player.

Jonotthan Harrison: He’ll back up Khaled Holmes at center. Harrison can also play guard if necessary.

Todd Herremans: The longtime Philadelphia Eagle will start at right guard. He's started 124 of 127 games in his career.

Khaled Holmes: He easily beat out Harrison to start at center. Holmes started the final five games last season.

Lance Louis: He’ll begin the season starting at left guard with Hugh Thornton consistently trying to push him for snaps at that position.

Jack Mewhort: He's starting at right tackle after starting at left guard as a rookie last season.

Joe Reitz: He can play every position on the offensive line with the exception of center.

Hugh Thornton: Started at guard the past two seasons, but he was beaten out by Louis this season. Injury problems and inconsistent play continue to slow Thornton down.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)

T.Y. McGill: The Colts claimed him off waivers from Seattle on Sunday. McGill is an undrafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina State.

Henry Anderson: The rookie out of Stanford is a candidate to start at defensive tackle with the loss of Art Jones (ankle) and release of Montori Hughes.

Zach Kerr: The Colts will play him at nose and defensive tackle. Kerr was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014.

Kendall Langford: He’s the most experienced starter on the defensive line. Langford has started 90 of the 112 games that he has appeared in during his seven-year career.

David Parry: The Colts’ fifth-round draft pick is the new starting nose tackle following the release of Josh Chapman, who started 15 games at the position last season.

Earl Okine: He was a surprise pick for the roster. Okine played in the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and Fall Experimental Football League before reaching the NFL.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Trent Cole: His 85.5 sacks with the Philadelphia Eagles were second to only Reggie White in team history.

Jerrell Freeman: He has led the Colts in tackles in two of the past three seasons.

Nate Irving: He’ll be a solid backup at inside linebacker. He spent the majority of the offseason rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered last season.

D’Qwell Jackson: The 31-year-old led the Colts in tackles with 140 last season.

Robert Mathis: He missed last season with a torn Achilles. Mathis led the NFL in sacks with 19.5 in 2013.

Sio Moore: The Colts acquired him from the Oakland Raiders in a trade last week. Moore will bring a lot of emotion to the defense.

Jonathan Newsome: He led the team in sacks with 6.5 as a rookie last season.

Erik Walden: He was the second-best linebacker behind Jackson last season. Walden was second on the team in sacks with 6.0.

Bjoern Werner: The coaching staff moved Werner from rush linebacker to strongside linebacker because he’s better at stopping the run than pursing quarterbacks.

DEFENSIVE BACK (11)

Jalil Brown: He was the best cornerback not named Vontae Davis in the preseason. Brown had one interception in the preseason and at least five during training camp practices.

Darius Butler: One of the most underrated nickel cornerbacks in the NFL. Butler has 11 interceptions in his career.

Vontae Davis: He is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, and he hasn't given up a touchdown reception since December 2013.

Sheldon Price: An impressive preseason where he started two games earned Price a roster spot after being on the practice squad last season.

D’Joun Smith: The learning curve has been steeper than Smith originally thought. He struggled in the preseason, and he’ll begin the season no better than the fifth cornerback.

Greg Toler: He played a career-high 15 games last season. Toler also had a career-high 10 passes defended in 2014.

Mike Adams: The first-time Pro Bowler tied for the league lead in takeaways with seven -- five interceptions and two fumble recovers -- last season.

Colt Anderson: Anderson can play safety and cornerback if needed, but he’s predominately a special-teams player.

Clayton Geathers: The Colts will use the hard-hitting rookie as a hybrid linebacker at times.

Winston Guy: He spent last season on the practice squad after the Colts signed him in October. The majority of his playing time will be on special teams.

Dwight Lowery: He’ll start alongside of Adams at safety. Lowery has started 27 of the past 28 games he’s played.

SPECIALIST (3)

Pat McAfee: He made his first Pro Bowl after averaging 46.7 yards a punt and landing 30 of them inside the opponent’s 20-yard line last season. McAfee also handles kickoff duties for the Colts.

Matt Overton: He’s heading into his fourth season as the Colts’ long-snapper. Overton made the Pro Bowl in 2013.

Adam Vinatieri: The 42-year-old kicker didn’t miss his first field goal until Week 17 last season. He finished the season 30-of-31 on field goals.