The Colts made final roster cuts this afternoon to get down to the league mandated 53 man roster.
Okay, now that I’ve had a chance to look through everything, here are my thoughts. Chandler Harnish is a good dude and I hate to see him go. I think the Colts can stash him on the practice squad.
No surprises at running back. Happy for Kerwynn Williams. Hopefully he can jumpstart the return game. It’s a little scary to look out 1 year – the only 3 RBs under contract are Havili, Ballard and Williams.
At tight end, I expected the Colts to keep Dominque Jones over Justice Cunningham. In the end, they went with the younger Cunningham. I have been a fan of Dominique Jones since I watched him in training camp last year, but I can’t argue with the move. Cunningham is equally sized and actually could have a little more upside.
I am very surprised that the Colts only went with 5 wide receivers considering one of them, David Reed, is more of a kick return guy than a receiver. I foresee a free agent pickup this week at WR. I would be shocked if we didn’t add someone.
No surprises on the O-line. We have some depth. Whether or not its good depth is another question. Ben Ijalana could be a nice pickup for someone. I understand the move after 2 years of injuries, but he did look good – especially on Thursday.
The biggest shocker comes on the D-line. Drake Nevis is gone. I didn’t see that one coming. I thought the big shocker would have been at LB. Instead, it’s Nevis who was let go. He will be a nice pickup for someone.
At linebacker, congratulations to Caesar Rayford! He deserves the spot after a very good preseason. Now, can he play against 1st string talent? We’ll see. I thought Mario Harvey could be a casualty, but he makes the cut.
Josh Gordy makes the team over Marshay Green at cornerback. That was a surprise. I think Gordy’s success on special teams coverage may have outweighed Green’s play at CB. I’m a little disappointed, but we do need help in the kick coverage department.
Sergio Brown made the team for (likely) the same reason Gordy made it – special teams coverage. Our inept special teams likely led to Drake Nevis’ departure (indirectly).
No surprises on special teams (LS, K, P).
So now that we have a final 53, what are my thoughts? On offense, I worry about our depth at receiver and of course, the offensive line concerns me until we start showing some consistency. Hopefully Bradshaw is ready to play at RB as I don’t like the makeup of the group as a whole.
On defense, I think we’re stronger than we’ve been in a long time. I fully expect the numbers to show this strength in 2013. I love the secondary while I feel our LBs and DL is solid.
Expect a few more changes before Sunday!
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More coming soon……final cuts include:
The Colts also waived-injured T-Emmett Cleary, LB-Shawn Loiseau and CB-Daxton Swanson.