Indianapolis Colts 2010 Roster Rundown
Quick-hitting analysis on every significant contributor to the 2010 Indianapolis Colts.
Head Coach: Jim Caldwell (2nd year)
Coordinator: Clyde Christensen
QB: Peyton Manning
About to become the highest paid player in NFL history. Another Super Bowl ring and the discussion with him will shift to whether he’s the greatest of all time.
RB: Joseph Addai
Outstanding initial movement allows him to create space in confined areas. Not a fast runner, though.
RB: Donald Brown
Injuries created some ups and downs in rookie season. With agility and speed, should give this ground game a spark as the top ballcarrier in 2010.
WR: Reggie Wayne
The smartest receiver and best route runner in the NFL. As close to fundamentally perfect as a player can be.
WR: Pierre Garcon
Maturation over the course of last season was extremely impressive. Has terrific strength for a player with his kind of giddy-up.
WR: Austin Collie
Brandon Stokley 2.0 (and not just because he’s white).
WR: Anthony Gonzalez
Missed virtually all of last ’09 with a knee injury. But remember, he was a first-round pick in ’07.
TE: Dallas Clark
The most prolific receiving tight end in NFL playoff history. The X-factor in this offense. At 31, he’s in his prime and better than ever.
TE: Gijon Robinson
Wide-body blocker who can catch short passes in the flats.
LT: Charlie Johnson
Should be a utility backup, but the Colts don’t like their other options at this position. Manning hides this fifth-year pro’s flaws.
LG: Mike Pollak
Got rag-dolled regularly when he started as a rookie in ’08. Colts should do all they can to get Tony Ugoh ready to claim this spot.
C: Jeff Saturday
Savvy 12th-year veteran who took exception to Bill Polian’s criticisms of the offensive line after Super Bowl XLIV.
RG: Kyle DeVan
Was playing with some indoor team called the Boise Burn before joining the Colts as a starter for their Super Bowl run last season.
RT: Ryan Diem
An unheralded upper-tier blocker, though doesn’t always maximize his abilities unless he has good players around him.
6 OL: Tony Ugoh
Disappointing former second-round pick has moved from left tackle to guard.
Coordinator: Larry Coyer
LDE: Robert Mathis
Devastating speed off the edge. And, somehow, at 245 pounds, he’s not a liability against the run.
DT: Antonio Johnson
A bit too sluggish to be a firm starter. Colts replace him with Eric Foster on passing downs.
DT: Daniel Muir
Undrafted in ’07. Has good lateral athleticism and the quickness to play the gaps.
RDE: Dwight Freeney
Dominant speed-rusher, super-dominant spin-rusher and even more dominant as a bull-rusher.
5 DL: Jerry Hughes*
First-round pick potentially gives the Colts a third potent edge-rusher.
SLB: Philip Wheeler
The quietest of Indy’s linebackers, but solid in traffic and comfortable in this system.
MLB: Gary Brackett
The first Colt linebacker to be given a big contract in the middle of his career. Marcus Washington, Mike Peterson, David Thornton, Cato June….none of them stuck This one did. Colts love his leadership and savoir faire in this Cover 2.
WLB: Clint Session
Fervid attacker who brings some much-needed vitriol to the front seven.
4 LB: Pat Angerer**
Built just like Brackett. Colts may play him outside before moving him to his long-term Mike position.
CB: Kelvin Hayden
Graceful playmaker who can start outside and slide over to the slot in nickel.
SS: Bob Sanders
When he’s healthy, he’s a missile.
FS: Antoine Bethea
Wants – and deserves – a long-term contract. His range, awareness and underappreciated tackling are a big reason this secondary has survived so many injuries over the years.
CB: Jerraud Powers
Intriguing second-year player who plays an assertive brand of football. Looks like a long-term starter.
NB: Jacob Lacey
Surprised everyone as an undrafted rookie last season. Nickel role in ’10 was solidified when third-round rookie Kevin Thomas was lost for the season (knee).
6 DB: Melvin Bullitt
Flies around the field and shows good closing speed. Can keep this defense afloat when filling in during a Bob Sanders injury.
K: Adam Vinatieri
Injuries have lately been an issue for the 37-year-old. How much range does he have left?
P: Pat McAfee
Colts punter? Might as well be the backup quarterback, too.
RS: Jamie Silva
Colts will be happy if their return specialist – whoever it is – ranks no worse than 25th in yardage and has zero fumbles.
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