Indianapolis Colts: Loucheiz Purifoy

Examining the Indianapolis Colts' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)
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.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

The Colts will have a solid running combination if -- and we’re saying if until proven wrong -- Richardson can bounce back from a poor first season in Indianapolis and Bradshaw and Ballard can stay injury-free. Havili, a fullback, gets the edge over Mario Harvey, who switched from linebacker to fullback during offseason workouts.

RECEIVERS (5)

The final receiver spot will come down to Rogers and Griff Whalen. If the Colts want to play it safe, Whalen is the guy because he’s familiar with Luck and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, but Rogers has the size and speed the team likes. There’s also the possibility of the Colts keeping six receivers.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

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.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

There are plenty of questions surrounding the offensive line outside of tackles Castonzo and Cherilus. The one thing general manager Ryan Grigson wanted with this group is depth. The Colts have plenty of it.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (6)

Like the offensive line, 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’s on the field.

LINEBACKERS (10)

All eyes will be on outside linebacker as the Colts look to find a replacement for Mathis, who is suspended for the first four games of the season. Werner gets the first crack at starting in Mathis’ spot. McNary is a player for whom Grigson has high expectations. It’ll be up to defensive coordinator Greg Manusky on how he uses McNary.

DEFENSIVE BACKS (10)

It’s anybody’s guess how the secondary will perform. It’s anybody’s guess who will start alongside Landry at safety. It looked like it would be Howell for most of the offseason, but the Colts signed the veteran Adams in June. Can Toler finally remain healthy? Can Davis live up to his contract? So many questions with no answers at the moment.

SPECIALIST

This only changes if an injury occurs.

Colts rookie minicamp questions

May, 15, 2014
May 15
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts open their three-day rookie minicamp Friday. It will be the first time the media gets a chance to talk to the draft picks and undrafted free agents face to face.

Here are three questions heading into the camp.

Can the transition be made?

Two of the Colts’ draft picks -- Jack Mewhort and Jonathan Newsome -- will be making the transition from playing one position in college to likely a different one in the NFL.

Mewhort has played every position on the offensive line at one point in his football career, but he started at tackle during his final season Ohio State. He will likely end up playing guard in the NFL. General manager Ryan Grigson said during a radio interview this week that Mewhort reminds him of New England’s Logan Mankins.

Newsome played defensive end at Ball State. Just like his new teammate Robert Mathis, though, Newsome will transition to a rush linebacker in coach Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Newsome likes the comparison to Mathis, now he just has to try to live up to that comparison.

From hoopster to football player?

What Mewhort and Newsome have to do is nothing compared to what tight end Erik Swoope is about to experience.

Swoope spent four seasons playing basketball at the University of Miami. Now he’s attempting to become an NFL tight end.

Easy, right?

That is what Swoope and the Colts hope. Swoope has been working out with New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, another basketball-player-turned-tight end, in the offseason.

It’s going to be a challenge for Swoope, but the Colts are going to give the undrafted free agent a shot to make the roster.

Loading up on cornerbacks?

The Colts signed 20 undrafted free agents after the draft last weekend. Five of those signings were cornerbacks.

Greg Toler (as long as he stays healthy) and Vontae Davis will be the starters next season. Darius Butler will be the nickelback and Josh Gordy will be the fourth defensive back. There is at least one more spot -- probably two -- open after Cassius Vaughn signed with Detroit.

Loucheiz Purifoy is a player to keep an eye on. Purifoy, who played at Florida, had the talent to get drafted, but character issues kept teams away. The Colts have been willing to give players like Purifoy a shot to prove themselves to the coaches and front office personnel.

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