Colts Camp Preview: Offense

Take a quick look at the Indianapolis offense's depth chart unit-by-unit in this report from Scout.com.

QUARTERBACK: Starter - Peyton Manning. Backups -Josh Betts, John Navarre, Mike McGann, Jim Sorgi.

Manning is the man for the Colts. He has not missed a start behind center since coming into the league in 1998. Coming off an MVP performance in the team's Super Bowl XLI win over Chicago, his goal is to continue to improve his game - if that is possible. Sorgi is the primary backup but Betts and Navarre are expected to battle it out for the No. 3 spot. Indianapolis kept just two quarterbacks on the regular season active roster last year.

RUNNING BACKS: Starter - Joseph Addai. Backups -Clifton Dawson, DeDe Dorsey, Kenton Keith, FB Luke Lawton, Chris Morgan.

Addai is now acknowledged as the team's regular running back, but his use in the Colts' offense is expected to expand this season. After becoming the only rookie to rush for over 1,000 yards last year (1,081), Addai's talents as a receiver out of the backfield will probably be explored more fully. The big question, though, is who will split playing time with Addai as Indianapolis continues its rotation system intact. Little-used Dede Dorsey, who impressed the Colts coaching staff a year ago after being plucked from the Cincinnati Bengals training camp roster, is the odds-on favorite to replace Dominic Rhodes in the team's two-back attack.

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TIGHT ENDS: Starter - Dallas Clark. Backups - Matt Farbotko, Bryan Fletcher, Gijon Robinson, Mike Seidman, Ben Utecht.

One of the deepest positions, talent-wise, on the Colts' roster. Clark could have very well been named as the team's post-season MVP after coming up with 21 catches in four games last year. He had 30 total receptions during the regular season. Utecht caught 37 passes as he started 15 games in 2006 as Clark was used primarily as the Colts' slot receiver. Fletcher added 18 catches in spot use, but it was his fourth-quarter reception of a Manning pass that helped propel Indianapolis to its comeback win over the Patriots in the AFC title game. Seidman, a spring pickup from Carolina, adds to the team already quality depth.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters - Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne. Backups - Devin Aromashodu, Michael DePriest, Anthony Gonzalez, Roy Hall, Brian Hare, Aaron Moorehead, John Standeford, Taylor Sele, Trent Shelton, Craphonso Thorpe.

In Harrison and Wayne, the Colts possess perhaps the best one-two pass receiving combo in the league. The pair combined for 181 catches, 2,676 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, earning both a spot in the Pro Bowl. Primary backups Moorehead and Standeford are back, but 2007 first-round draft pick Gonzalez is the favorite to take over the slot receiver role. Hall, a collegiate teammate of Gonzalez' at Ohio State, is an intriguing prospect due to his size (6-3, 240), speed and athletic ability.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Starters - LT Tarik Glenn, LG Ryan Lilja, C Jeff Saturday, RG Jake Scott, RT Ryan Diem. Backups -- G Albert Bimper, G Rick DeMulling, C/G Dylan Gandy, T Daniel Federkeil, T Charlie Johnson, T Joe Lobdell, T Michael Toudouze, T Tony Ugoh, G Matt Ulrich, G Sam Wilder.

Finally, some recognition. After years of playing in relative obscurity, the Colts' offensive line - namely Saturday and Glenn - are finally getting the national attention that they have deserved for a long time. Diem, Scott and Lilja all return as starters, but the depth along the offensive line is as good as it's been in recent memory. DeMulling, a former starter for Indianapolis, returns after a two-year stay in Detroit. Gandy was a part-time starter last season. Johnson, a rookie in 2006, proved that he can play either tackle position without the offense skipping a beat. Ugoh, a second-round pick in 2007, will see active at both guard and tackle, although his future is expected to be as a tackle.


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