The Colts reduced their roster to 53 players today, cutting 19 players. They waive-injured three others who will revert to the IR list if they clear waivers.
Some of the notable cuts were OLB and former rugby player Daniel Adongo, T Ben Ijalana, QB Chandler Harnish, LB Josh McNary, and DT Drake Nevis. Here is the full list from the Colts’ press announcement:
The Indianapolis Colts today waived the following players: OLB-Daniel Adongo, S-Larry Asante, C-Thomas Austin, CB-Marshay Green, DE-Lawrence Guy, QB-Chandler Harnish, FB-Robert Hughes, T-Ben Ijalana, TE-Dominique Jones, WR-Jeremy Kelley, LB-Josh McNary, DT-Drake Nevis, CB-Sheldon Price, WR-Jabin Sambrano, WR-Lanear Sampson, LB-Monte Simmons, T-Bradley Sowell, NT-Martin Tevaseu and T-Lee Ziemba.
The team also waived-injured T-Emmett Cleary, LB-Shawn Loiseau and CB-Daxton Swanson., If Cleary, Loiseau and Swanson clear waivers, they will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.
Some of the above players, such as S Larry Asante, Jones, and Guy, had impressive moments during the preseason.
Several fans were wondering who would stay along the defensive line, where there were more promising young players than roster spots. At defensive tackle, (that’s the right defensive end in Pagano’s scheme); there was a three-way battle to back up Ricky Jean Francois. Indianapolis chose to retain Ricardo Matthews and rookie Montori Hughes over the talented but oft-injured Drake Nevis.
At left defensive end, veteran and former second round draft pick Fili Moala edged out Lawrence Guy to be the backup to Cory Redding, while Josh Chapman and Aubrayo Franklin will man the nose tackle position.
At wide receiver, the team is down to five, with Griff Whalen (no surprise) and kick returner David Reed making the roster, but given the front office’s recent moves at the position, that may be another where they aren’t yet finished.
As other players clear waivers, the Colts may not be done tweaking the bottom of their roster. We’ll keep you informed as the roster continues to take shape.
Player Information courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
Seeing Nevis go makes me sad.. But it's probably better for him. He would have still been good in a 3-4, but he could probably be a superstar in 4-3. And the guy deserves that much.. i wish him the best
Only cut that made me sad was Nevis, but if we are honest, only one of Nevis, Ricardo and Guy were going to make the team, and all three played well in pre-season. No idea why people though Ijalana would make the team. I think the Colts want him on the practice squad to get another year of practice and of getting healthy.
Wouldn't be surprised to see the Colts try and get Fernando Velasco as he would provide some guard and center depth (or possibly a starter)
I won't be surprised if three or four more moves are made. S, CB, and WR can all be improved. I'd like to see them put Ijalana on the PS and let him work at G.
While I didn't like it, I could've guessed that Ijalana was on the way out. They wouldn't play him.
But Nevis? What, was he let go because he didn't play like a 3-4 DE and instead made tackles? Was that it?
Nevis will have a damn good career somewhere that plays a 4-3 defense and needs a motivated and talented 3-tech. I have to think the only reason they let him go is scheme fit, because it's not like he couldn't play.
Im honestly shocked by the cuts of Drake Nevis and Ben Ijalana (though could see it coming when Reitz started at LT over him). I expect McNary and Odongo will go to PS neither was at all ready.
In other ex Colts news; Austin Collies was released by the 49ers.
Curtis Painter will be Eli 's primary backup until Ryan Nassib comes along for the Giants. David Carr got cut.
Got to respect Ricado Mathews. Got cut a couple of years ago. Came off the "Couch Squad" to play in 2011. Played all last year when other drafted players got hurt. Now he made a 53 roster on his own merits.
Drake Nevis vs Ricardo Mathews. Did Mathews' durability seal the deal over an otherwise talented D-lineman?
Looks like another Stanford man Delano Howell made the 53.
Cutting Nevis and Ijalana is very hard to swallow for me. Right now my enthusiasm for the new Colts season took a huge dip.
@ABlueColtWhy be sad? The more I think about it, it's a Win/Win for the Colts and Nevis. Nevis got picked up San Diego where he will be playing in a 4-3 DT role which is what Bill Polian drafted him for. San Diego GM Tom Telesco, a former Colts assistant to Polian will see Nevis is put to good use playing along side a rejuvenate Dwight Freeney. It makes no sense holding on to talented players who no longer fit your scheme and see them floundering below their potential which only undermines team morale. The Colts held on to Ricardo Mathews who has only proven himself to be hard working, reliable, flexible, durable and a better overall 3-4 fit.
@rogcohen Sounds good, except they don't seem to believe they have any problems with their line as constructed (I just keep hoping they find at lease one more answer there -- c'mon, Thornton and Holmes).
@smonroe For all the work those positions seem to need, they went after a tight end. That might be a sign that either Allen or Fleener isn't ready for the season opener.
More other ex-Colts News: Ryan Lilja's comeback is over in Denver, bad knees, hello retirement. Jacob Tamme is no longer a starting TE.
@thellamajockey I'm thinking yes. I thought I saw that Nevis only played 4 our of 16 games (which, could be reduced to 2 out of 8).
@codrutc I feel bad for Ijalana. Maybe he can go back and finish his criminal justice degree. That dude would be one scary police officer/detective.
Nevis might land somewhere again. He seems like he'd be a waiver wire pickup some place.
Man am I pissed, Matthews has never done jack in any regular season game, which I guess counts as "setting the edge" or some nonsense.
Someone who needs a DT is going to be VERY happy this morning.
@ColtsHead_Ben @buymymonkey @thellamajockey Mathews was probably seen as a better base 3-4 & situational 4-3 scheme fit being able fill in at multiple positions. Nevis will find a spot on a team running a traditional 4-3. Nothing "sexy" about Mathews but he is a solid journeyman D-lineman who himself survived some "hard knocks".