Final preseason tuneup as the Colts head to Cincinnati.Thursday, August 29th – 7:10PM Eastern
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Radio: Vectren Radio Network; 1070 The Fan; Hank-FM
What to Expect:
Maybe I should have labled this “What Not to Expect” as I don’t expect the key starters to play much, if at all. There are still some position battles that have to be decided and the crux of this game will be showcasing those battles. My focus is on watching those battles. Honestly, score means nothing in this game. It’s all about positional battles. Let’s take a look at where these battles will occur.
No battles. The Colts will likely go with Luck and Hasselbeck. They will try to sneak Harnish onto their practice squad, but he may be taken by another team.
RUNNING BACK (5)
I expect the Colts to keep 5 RBs including Stanley Havili who will serve as FB. The one question could be Kerwynn Williams. I think he makes it, but I’m not certain about it. A big night of returns would help his cause.
TIGHT END (3)
I expect the Colts to keep 3, meaning there would be a battle betwee Dominique Jones and Justice Cunningham. Jones has more experience and may be better suited to fill in for Dwayne Allen if needed. I think Jones makes it and Cunningham ends up on the practice squad.
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
We know that LaVon Brazill is suspended and will mis the first 4 weeks. We also know that Reggie, DHB, and Hilton are locks. I fully expect Griff Whalen to make this team. It would be a shock if he didn’t. Newcomer David Reed will be given a chance tonight to see what he can do both as a reciever and as kick returner. In the end, I expect the Colts to keep 6 including Reed. That means 1 would make it from the group that includes Jeremy Kelley, Jabin Sambrano and Lanear Sampson. My pick – Jeremy Kelley.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
I expect the Colts to keep 9. To me, this is pretty clear cut: Satele, Holmes, Thomas, Reitz, Costanzo, McGlynn, Thornton, Linkenbach, Cherilus. I’m pulling for Lee Ziemba to make it, but I don’t think he will beat out any of the 9 listed above.
DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
This is much more cloudy. I see the Colts going with 8 on the line. This includes Redding, Mathews, Jean-Francois, Moala, Nevis, Hughes, Franklin and Chapman. This would mean the end of the road for Lawrence Guy and Martin Tevaseu. The Colts are deep along the line and I can’t see them going with more than 8.
I think we could see a surprise cut within this group – especially if Caesar Rayford makes the team. I expect him to make it and join Mathis and Werner as outside rush linebackers. Walden will roam the other outside position. In the middle, we will go with Angerer, Connor, Sheppard and Freeman. In this case, the surprise cut would be Mario Harvey. I can’t see us keeping 5 inside LBs. I expect Adongo to be added to the practice squad.
Again, I believe this is an area where we could see a surprise cut. Toler, Butler, Davis and Vaughn are locks. I think there is one more spot and it will be a battle between Josh Gordy and Marshay Green. Green has shown us more and I think he gets the spot.
We know that Landry and Bethea will make it with Joe Lefeged and Delano Howell making the team. John Boyett was placed on the Non-Football Injury list where he can remain until after week 6.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
Um…..no surprises. Overton, Vinateri, McAfee
There will be a few battles tonight, and injuries may also come into play. Keep your eyes on some of the matchups noted above.
What are your thoughts?