Indianapolis Colts' projected roster


Examining the Indianapolis Colts' roster:


This is the safest position on the roster for the Colts. They plan to always keep a veteran backup if Luck ever goes down with an injury.


The Colts' running game took a hit when Vick Ballard was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Chris Rainey, who had the inside track on being the No. 3 running back, was released after violating team rules. Harvey makes the team as a fullback after playing linebacker his entire career.


You got an indication of where things stood with Whalen when the coaches allowed him to sit out with the rest of the veterans in the preseason finale at Cincinnati on Thursday. Then Da'Rogers, his prime competitor for the final receiver spot, showed his immaturity when he punted the ball into the stands after scoring a touchdown. There is the possibility that the Colts could keep six receivers.


Allen, who missed all but one game in 2013, and Fleener have the potential to be one of the top tight end duos in the league. Doyle and Saunders are both familiar with the system after backing up Fleener in Allen’s absence last season.


There are plenty of questions surrounding the offensive line outside of tackles Castonzo and Cherilus, especially with Donald Thomas (quad) out for the season and Mewhort, Thornton, Nixon and Holmes dealing with injuries at different times in the preseason.


The Colts want depth on the defensive line so they can constantly rotate in players, so come the fourth quarter they still have fresh legs to get after the opponent. Jones was the key offseason acquisition for the Colts. Chapman showed flashes last season; now he needs to do it every snap that he is on the field. Kerr clearly outplayed Brandon McKinney in the preseason. Jeris Pendleton's season-ending ACL injury allows Kerr to make the roster.


All eyes will be on outside linebacker as the Colts look to find a replacement for Robert Mathis, who is suspended for the first four games of the season. Werner will start in Mathis’ spot. McNary is a player for whom Grigson has high expectations. It will be up to defensive coordinator Greg Manusky on how he uses McNary. The Colts will have to release a player once Mathis returns from his suspension.


It is anybody’s guess how the secondary will perform. It is anybody’s guess who will start alongside Landry at safety. It looked like it would be Howell early in the offseason, but the Colts signed the veteran Adams in June and Howell has a neck injury that has kept him out the lineup for the past few weeks. Can Toler finally remain healthy? Can Davis live up to his contract? So many questions with no answers at the moment.


This only changes if an injury occurs.