The preseason games have been played, and training camp is over, and now all that remains is the final roster trim before the regular season opener. Some players have made their names known, and injuries may also play an important part in the final decisions. So here it goes, again for the final time.
The Final 53
QUARTERBACK (2) **NO Change**
*Nothing has changed my mind with this group.
Wide Receiver (6) **No Change**
T.Y. Hilton (S)
Donte Moncrief (R)
Running Back (3) **No Change from 2.0)
Vick Ballard Dan “Boom” Herron
Stanley Havili Mario Harvey
**This has been one of the most fluid positions in my book. Going into training camp I saw no way that Havili wouldn’t be on the opening day roster. But, the team started him the PUP List, and not much is known in his recovery process, so Mario Harvey worked with the first team during training camp and the preseason up to this point. Now I’m not even seeing the value of carrying a fullback, Harvey has not been impressive and a tight end could probably accomplish the same thing.
Tight End (4) **No Change**
Offensive Line (9) **No Change from 2.0
Khaled Holmes *Injured, high ankle sprain, should make season opener.
Donald Thomas Jonotthan Harrison *Injury to thumb, unspecified time.
Jack Mewhort (R)
Xavier Nixon *Injured, unspecified time
Defensive Line (6)
Ricky Jean Francois
Brandon McKinney Zach Kerr (R)
**Kerr has really made the case for the Colts to keep him on the final 53-man roster. He has really been the standout on the defense in the last two games.
Outside Linebacker (5) **No Change from 2.0
Robert Mathis *
Daniel Adongo Andy Studebaker
Jonathan Newsome (R)**
*Suspended first 4 games of the season, assigned to Reserve/Suspended for duration.
**On squad while Mathis serves suspension.
Inside Linebacker (5)
LaRon Landry *Injured, Soft Tissue, Day-to-Day, limited participation
Delano Howell *Neck Injury, guessing starts on PUP-DTR,
Vontae Davis *Injured, Soft Tissue, Day-to-Day, expected to play in season opener.
Qua Cox (R) Marcus Burley(R)
Loucheiz Purifoy (R)
Special Teams (3) **No Change**
Adam Vinatieri, K
Pat MacAfee, P
Matt Overton, LS
Risers: Herron, Newsome, Kerr, McNary, Burley
Injuries to Watch: Landry, Davis, Holmes, Nixon, Reitz, Harrison
Whalen, Purifoy, Saunders, Louis, Harnish, Rogers, Harvey
This is what I believe the roster will look like after the last two preseason games (Saints and Bengals) have been played. It appears that Griff Whalen seems to be firmly entrenched as the number five receiver on the depth chart. The coaching staff had him rest the entire Bengals game, while his counterpart Da’Rick Rogers played the entire game. The game seemed to be a snapshot of Roger’s career currently in the the NFL. He shows flashes of extreme talent, but also seems unrefined in his routes and some even question his effort. The biggest issue is his maturity, as displayed in the last preseason game (punting the ball after catching a touchdown). Do I think he blew his chance with the team, no, but I believe he is clearly at the bottom of the bubble, and if the team keeps an extra tackle, or guard, it would be at his expense. This would most likely land him on the practice squad, unless claimed by another team. That’s why I think he starts on the roster, it’s hard to give up on talent like he has, but injuries could force the front office to take the chance.
The roster will undoubtedly go through more changes and I’m sure that I’m wrong on many of the categories. After all as fans we are limited by what we see. To quote Jim Mora, or along those lines, “You think you know, but you don’t!” I just hope many of the decisions at the end are based upon effort and ability, but I also know it naïve to think those are the only factors. We all know that factors such as: draft position, tenure, money are all factors that cause some players to be picked over others. I really don’t envy the decisions that the front office has to make when deciding some of the last players on the roster. Make no mistake, good players will get cut, it’s the nature of the business. It’s interesting to think about what will happen and who will be there. There won’t be a consensus when it comes to the roster, but remember there always bill an opportunity to debate what we like and what we don’t.