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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.