5 Dark Horse Candidates to Make Indianapolis Colts’ 53-Man Roster

Indianapolis Colts: 5 Dark Horse Candidates to Make 53-Man Roster

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Training camp is right around the corner, and the Indianapolis Colts appear to have a lot of diamonds in the rough that could make an impact this year. Some may have played a little last year and some are undrafted rookies. Either way, here are five dark horse players expected to make the final roster at the end of August.

5. Daniel Adongo

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5. Daniel Adongo

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The former rugby star was brought into camp last year with no experience playing football. He was a freakish athlete but was very raw. He didn’t make the team out of camp and only appeared in two games for them last year. Now that he has had a year of training at the NFL level, expect him to make the final roster out of training camp with a strong preseason showing.

4. Gannon Conway

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4. Gannon Conway

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Conway is an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State and was a solid contributor in his final season. Conway appears to be a solid player who may not have the highest of ceilings, but the team can trust him to do his job. With the injury to Fili Moala there is a chance for him to make the final roster and make an impact.

3. Loucheiz Purifoy

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3. Loucheiz Purifoy

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The rookie corner out of Florida could be the one who makes the biggest impact this year. He has all the physical skills to play corner in the NFL. He can be an effective blitzer as a corner in the nickel defense, and he also played great on special teams at Florida. The opportunity is there because, outside of the top three corners, there isn’t much competition.

2. Ryan Lankford

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2. Ryan Lankford

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The Colts were absolutely terrible last year when it came to kick returning. David Reed was such a disaster that Colts fans breathed a sign of relief when he took a knee. Lankford should solve that problem; he has a track and field background and was great as a kick returner in college too.

1. Griff Whalen

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1. Griff Whalen

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Last year Whalen was a solid contributor to the Colts' offense, and most people feel that he should have been a lock to make the team because of that. But the Colts are really deep at wide receiver and others on the roster have a higher ceiling, making Whalen expendable. That was until the LaVon Brazill suspension. Now that there is expected to be a roster spot open, look for Whalen to take advantage of this chance.

Christopher Pimentel is a Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.


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