3 things to know from Colts unofficial depth chart at running back, corner, defensive end

Nat Newell
Indianapolis Star
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The Indianapolis Colts will open the season vs. the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 1 p.m. The team released its unofficial depth chart for the game:



Starter: Carson Wentz

Backup: Jacob Eason

Another small (and mostly unnecessary) indication that Wentz will be ready to go in the opener barring a setback this week in practice.

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Sep 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard (42) defends the pass to Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (15) during the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field.


Starters: Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, Michael Pittman Jr.

Backups: Mike Strachan, Ashton Dulin

No surprises here with Campbell stepping into a starting role with T.Y. Hilton's injury. It will be interesting to see who gets the most snaps as the fourth receiver on Sunday.

Running back Nyheim Hines (21)  has been with the Indianapolis Colts for 3 seasons. He had 89 carries and 63 receptions, and 7 total touchdowns, in 2020. He also had 30 punt returns.


Starter: Jonathan Taylor

Backups: Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins

This is an unofficial depth chart so don't read too much into it but Hines moving ahead of Mack is interesting. While Frank Reich used a running back committee in Philadelphia, he wasn't afraid to ride one back in San Diego, just as he's done with Mack (2019) and Taylor (2020) in Indianapolis. This could signal fewer snaps than expected for Mack.

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Starters: Jack Doyle, Mo Alie-Cox

Backup: Kylen Granson


Left tackle: Eric Fisher, Julièn Davenport

Left guard: Quenton Nelson, Chris Reed

Center: Ryan Kelly, Danny Pinter

Right guard: Mark Glowinski, Will Fries

Right tackle: Braden Smith, Matt Pryor

Again, unofficial depth chart. Is Fisher ready to start at left tackle Sunday? This could mean yes but no one has said he will so expect Davenport to be in the starting lineup.

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Indianapolis Colts defensive end Tyquan Lewis (94) battles with Carolina Panthers offensive guard Chris Reed (64) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 38-6.


Starters: Kwity Paye, Al-Quadin Muhammad

Backups: Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis, Ben Banogu, Isaac Rochell

Muhammad has started 8 games as a Colt and played 56% of the snaps last season despite not starting a game. He's best against the run, meaning he'll be out there on first down even if Lewis is playing more snaps.


Starters: DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart

Backups: Chris Williams, Taylor Stallworth

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Starters: Darius Leonard, Bobby Okereke, Zaire Franklin

Backups: E.J. Speed, Matthew Adams, Jordan Glasgow

Nov 1, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) tackles Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Hall (17) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field.


Starters: Rock Ya-Sin, Kenny Moore II, Xavier Rhodes

Backups: Isaiah Rodgers, T.J. Carrie, BoPete Keyes, Chris Wilcox

Ya-Sin is, unofficially, the No. 3 corner but expect to see plenty of Carrie. The newest additions, Keyes and Wilcox, slot in at No. 2 behind Rhodes (Keyes) and No. 3 behind Ya-Sin and Rodgers (Wilcox).


Starters: Julian Blackmon, Khari Willis

Backups: T.J. Carrie, George Odum

Carrie has been primarily a corner in his career and Odum played 25 total snaps of defense last season. Keyes has also played safety. But expect Blackmon and Willis to be on the field for almost every snap as long as they're healthy.

Contact IndyStar Deputy Sports Editor Nat Newell at (317) 444-6182 or nat.newell@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NatJNewell.

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