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Mailbag: What if the Colts keep six WRs?

Let's dive into this week's Indianapolis Colts mailbag:

Mike Wells: I don’t see the Colts keeping six receivers now that they’re dealing with injuries at other positions. Da'Rick Rogers also didn’t help his cause with by punting the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati. But since you asked, let’s act like the Colts do keep six receivers. I could see them cutting a tight end such as Weslye Saunders, or not keeping fullback Mario Harvey.

Wells: The idea is for the running game to complement the passing game. The Colts won’t have much of a passing or running game if the offensive line can’t block. If -- and it’s a big if at this point because of the injuries -- the line does come together the Colts will win with quarterback Andrew Luck's arm, but the running game will have some kind of impact.

Wells: Ryan Grigson definitely has a reputation of being an aggressive general manager. There are questions at safety, but Grigson’s focus has to be on the offensive line. You’re talking about protecting your franchise player. You can expect him to be paying close attention to the waiver wire so that he can add some players to the roster to help out an offensive line that’s been hit hard with injuries.

Wells: The Colts have signed players who are rough around the edges in the past. Chris Rainey is a prime example. Rainey was arrested in Florida while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Richie Incognito's issues are different than Rainey’s. You’re talking about a player who was an atrocious teammate while with the Miami Dolphins. Has Incognito changed? Of course he’ll say he has. That’s what he’s supposed to say so that he can get another shot in the NFL. You won't know if he's truly changed until a team takes a shot with him. The Colts -- if they do pursue Incognito -- have to decide if he would fit in their locker room and not be a distraction.

Wells: Coach Chuck Pagano talked Friday as if he wants to keep Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Burley. A lot will hinge on how they team handles the offensive line situation. “[Purifoy and Burley have] played well, and you know how hard it is to find cover corners and guys that have those traits that you’re looking for at that position, especially to do what we ask them to do down after down, playing our system and our style on defense,” Pagano said. “Both those guys have done well. They’ve had good camps, good offseasons, good training camps. They’ve played well in the preseason, certainly made a case. We always talk about made a case for themselves. They did a nice job.”

Wells: Second-year player Bjoern Werner will start in Robert Mathis' spot at outside linebacker. He’ll join fellow linebackers D'Qwell Jackson, Jerrell Freeman and Erik Walden. As far as the defensive front goes, Arthur Jones, Josh Chapman and Cory Redding are the starters.