Indianapolis Colts Season Preview Coming off a Superbowl run in season 3 followed by a 7-9 season and no playoff appearance during the simmed season, the Colts come back in 2017 with many of the same pieces in place that helped them capture the Superbowl trophy. Gone are defensive stalwarts SS Antoine Bethea who became a cap casualty when the Colts drafted his heir apparent in the draft and Pro Bowl CB Vontae Davis who was traded due to the confidence the front office had in the other cornerbacks. The offense remains untouched and will be looked upon to carry the team early as the new faces on defense get time to gel with one another. Quarterback Once again, franchise QB Andrew Luck is at the helm and the leader of this explosive offense. Coming back even better than before, the team will look to Luck to take an even bigger step and cut down on some of the interceptions he threw in season 3. Backing up Luck will be QBs Zac Dysert and Gabe Minor who was just picked up today as the team let Blaine Gabbert go. The front office is very confident in these 2 in the event Luck goes down. Running Back Pro Bowler Bernard Pierce returns as the leading back in the group. Pierce put together his 4th straight 1,000 yard season with the Colts and will be looked upon to play an even bigger role in the passing game out of the backfield. Backing up Pierce we have 3rd year rb Freddie Barclay who filled in greatly for Pierce when he got hurt in year 3 and seldom used Telvin Barr who is a speedster. Wide Receiver Denarius Moore and DHB are the bookend wide receivers for the team. Their combination of size, speed and their height make them the ultimate weapons in the passing game. In the slot is speedster TY Hilton who is looking like he is ready for a breakout season. The 4th and 5th WR are Brandon Tate who was picked up in free agency and will take over return duties and rookie Broughan Arriola aka "Nips" who will look to get some playing time. Tight End Starting at TE we have Coby Fleener who will remain to be Andrew Luck's go to guy in the clutch. However, since Fleener is prone to injury the team decided to take backup TE Dwayne Allen off the trading block after he filled in admirably during the Colts superbowl run. Third TE Nelson Rosario remains a threat in 3 TE sets and will look to crack some of the Colts twin TE formations. Offensive Line A position of depth, the Colts have 8 guys that can and have started for them over the course of the franchise. The starters will be Anthony Castonzo(LT), Hugh Thornton(LG), Khaled Holmes(C), Greg Guthe(RG) and Tramon Hooks(RT). Backing up both guard spots and the center will be Antoine Caldwell with Vintez Green and Ben Ijalana serving as backup tackle spots. The team welcomed back UCONN alum LG Donald Thomas after a trade sent him packing season 2. Thomas provides a veteran presence and great blocking skills at the guard position. Defensive Line At right end we have star 3-4 DE Kendall Reyes whose combination of speed and power makes him a threat on every down. At the other DE spot, Nick Williams will take over for 4 year starter Lawrence Guy. The team liked what they saw in Williams in training camp and feel he will play well as the starter but if he doesn't, Guy will step in for him. Starting at NT, BJ Raji returns on his contract year. Raji has played great over his 4 seasons in Indy but at age 31, he's at the age when the Colts usually send players packing. Linebacker Easily the Colts deepest and most talented position, the Colts enter the 2017 season with 6 starters and only 4 spots. At weakside OLB, pass rusher Shea Mcclellin takes over for Bjoern Werner and hopes to provide a more consistent pass rush. At MLB star linebacker KJ Wright takes over strongside and pushes former DPOY Jerell Freeman to weakside Linebacker. At Strongside Linebacker Koa Misi still holds down the fort but like Raji is in a contract year and is getting up there in age so he will have to play well in order to be resigned. Backing up at OLB we have pass rushing specialists Sergio Kindle and Bjoern Werner and young and raw LB Steele Grabel while Kavell Connor will be the main backup to MLB. Cornerback Many were shocked when the Colts shipped away shutdown corner Vontae Davis in a trade to the Cardinals but after the playoff run that CB Jonte Green had in season 3 the team felt he was poised to breakout. So Green takes over as the #1 CB with Cortez Allen and Trumaine Brock battling it out for the #2 spot with the loser taking over at nickel. Cassius Vaughn remains a the Dime back and Brandon Mcgee and rookie Martaze Bourne will look to get on the field in Quarter situations Safety Gone is the veteran presence of Antoine Bethea as he was cut in the offseason. In comes rookie Trevance Serratos who looks to be the next great safety in the Colts organization. Starting alongside Serratos is big hitter Taylor Mays who will look to mentor the young safety. Backing up both are Joe Lefeged and rookie Clim Regoo who provide great depth in case of an injury. There aren't many changes to this team that won the Superbowl 2 seasons ago so the Front Office hopes that the continuity and chemistry they still have will be a key factor in their success this season. The pressure still rests on the defense, especially after losing 2 key members of the secondary and working in some new members along the front 7. One thing is for sure, this team will play hard every game and will fight for every inch they gain.