The Final 53 For The Colts
With the Indianapolis Colts’ preseason complete, now comes the moment many young NFL tryouts have been waiting for – the final roster cut-down to 53 players. The Colts’ coaches have until Saturday afternoon to trim their roster by 22 to finalize who will be on their roster for the beginning of the 2013 season.
Here’s my prediction of what the final roster will look like.
Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck
Running backs (4)
Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams
Wide receivers (5)
Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen
Tight ends (4)
Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Justice Cunningham, Dominique Jones
Offensive linemen (9)
Anthony Castonzo, Donald Thomas, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn, Gosder Cherilus, Joe Reitz, Khaled Holmes, Hugh Thornton, Jeff Linkenbach
Defensive linemen (7)
Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Corry Redding, Fili Moala, Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis, Montori Hughes
Outside linebackers (4)
Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, Caesar Rayford
Inside linebackers (5)
Jerrell Freeman, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Mario Harvey
Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy
Antoine Bethea, LaRon Landry, Joe Lefeged, Delano Howell
Adam Vinatieri, kicker; Pat McAfee, punter; Matt Overton, long snapper
-Keeping only five wide receivers means the Colts will have to go the first four games with only four at the position because of Brazill’s suspension. I don’t think they’ll actually do this. However,, I don’t think the Colts have any other receiver on the roster they wish to keep. After every team cuts its roster to 53, the Colts will likely claim a promising receiver off waivers and cut someone else. They would probably be fine with only four receivers for four games (barring injury), more than likely because of how tight end-reliant this offense will be.
-Nine offensive linemen is a lot, but I don’t see the Colts cutting any of them. They’ve got their five starters, a versatile backup (Linkenbach) and two promising young backups they can’t risk letting other teams pick up off waivers (Holmes and Thornton). That leaves Joe Reitz, who, if it were up to me, probably wouldn’t stay around. However, I think the Colts see him as a valuable back up at left tackle, especially given Castonzo’s slight MCL sprain.
-Safety was a tough one to figure out. As the starters, Bethea and Landry obviously aren’t going to be cut. Lefeged and Sergio Brown were valuable backups that played great special teams, but Lefeged is better than Brown. And I don’t see any way Howell should be cut given how well he’s played this preseason. I decided to part ways with Brown because Howell is better at safety, and I think he could play just as well at special teams.