With the Colts' final roster being all but set with the final cuts and claiming of TE Jack Doyle this weekend, I figured that I would pen my varying thoughts on the final group.
It's Labor Day, so this will be succinct and to the point (don't hold me to that though).
Here is the roster, as it stands right now.
Quarterback (2) – Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck
Running Back (4) – Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Stanley Havili
Wide Receiver (5) – Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton, David Reed, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen
Tight End (4) – Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham, Coby Fleener, Jack Doyle
Offensive Line (9) – Anthony Castonzo (T), Gosder Cherilus (T), Khaled Holmes (C/G), Jeff Linkenbach (T/G), Mike McGlynn (C/G), Joe Reitz (G/T), Samson Satele (C), Donald Thomas(G), Hugh Thornton (G)
Defensive Line (7) – Josh Chapman (NT), Ricky Jean Francois (T), Aubrayo Franklin (T), Montori Hughes (T), Ricardo Mathews (T), Fili Moala (E), Cory Redding (E)
Linebacker (9) – Pat Angerer (I), Kavell Conner (I), Jerrell Freeman (I), Mario Harvey (I), Robert Mathis (O), Caesar Rayford (O), Kelvin Sheppard (I), Erik Walden (O), Bjoern Werner (O)
Cornerback (5) – Darius Butler, Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn
Safety (5) – Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown, Delano Howell, LaRon Landry, Joe Lefeged
Punter (1) – Pat McAfee
Placekicker (1) – Adam Vinatieri
Long Snapper (1) – Matt Overton
- The release of Kerwynn Williams for Jack Doyle came out of nowhere. I get that the depth at tight end is non-existent, but the Colts needed a dependable vet if they were going to go that route. Cunningham is raw, and so is Doyle. Both need a lot of work and won't provide a solid replacement if one of the top two go down.
- Meanwhile, halfback only consists of three backs, two of which have significant injury history.
- The 2013 Colts: Where rolling the dice on injuries happens.
- Emmett Cleary to the injured reserve is a great move. There wasn't room for him on the final roster, but give him a year of working with coaches and trainers and he can contribute next season.
- The Colts are really thin at tackle. Joe Reitz and Jeff Linkenbach are the current backups, which doesn't inspire confidence in anybody. Meanwhile Ben Ijalana is flying to New York to join the Jets. We wish him the best, but fear for his sanity while playing for a not-so-slowly dying Rex Ryan.
- I know everybody likes Nevis. I like Nevis. I wish the Colts would have kept him. But don't sleep on Mathews. He had a very strong preseason, and is a better fit for the 3-4 with his length.
- The Colts should have kept Nevis, but at the expense of Montori Hughes, not Mathews. But there was no way Grigson and Co. were going to give up on a player they traded up to get so quickly.
- No trades happened with Kavell Conner, which I'm happy about.
- Another year, another chance that Cassius Vaughn and Josh Gordy are significant contributors. Pray that Davis and Toler stay healthy. Pray hard.
- Five safeties surprised me. All three depth guys will contribute on special teams.
- Caesar Rayford and Delano Howell are the surprise guys of the year. Great preseason performances by both propelled them to the final roster. Hats off to both of them.
- How did that Luck guy make the roster? Jaguar fans on Twitter keep saying he's overrated.
- Happy Labor Day everybody. Now go outside and grill meat.
Bah! I'm done talking about the offseason. I'll drive myself crazy. Grigson has made some great pick-ups and some really questionable moves - like every other GM out there. He's no super genius or complete bonehead but somewhere in the middle. I'm saying this for myself as much as anyone and I hope I can hold onto this feeling going forward.
The development of Andrew Luck will decide all. Lets get this season started! Go Colts!
As I am writing this comment, the colts have picked up Cam Johnson from the 49ers for a seventh round pick. I still say they have to look on the waiver wire for offensive line depth, which will be a weakness of this team unless it is addressed. I was impressed with Howell and Rayford myself. I think the colts should cut Sheppard, he has done nothing in the preseason.
Kyle, I am sure if Grigson felt he could have gotten Montori Hughes to the practice squad, Nevis might have made the 53. But still why keep a player who, while talented, is neither an ideal scheme fit, flexible enough to play multiple D-Line positions, or proven healthy over an entire season?
Like I said earlier, think of it as a Win/Win for all concerned. In the back of Nevis's mind must have been the feeling he was better suited for the 4-3 defense for which he was initially drafted for out of college. Over the long run for the health of the lock room, you want players who know that they are in a position to contribute at the maximum of their potential.
Delano Howell, another Stanford man on the roster, and you were surprised. Howell looked really sharp in the last two preseason games. Some nice open field tackles and he was consistently in position to make plays. At Stanford, given its program's size, Howell most likely played some special teams as a bonus.
I don't get the TE situation, especially since I figure that the Colts will be running out of a two tight end set the majority of the time.
But, obviously, what the hell do I know?
Is a player on IR allowed to practice with the team? I'm obviously talking about players who were IRed to hide them on the roster like Whalen last year or Cleary. They're healthy by the middle of the season.
@smonroe Since they're not eligible to play again, I don't see why they couldn't practice if healthy.
Nevis has often required a double team-wow how many of our players demand that. Five safeties, wonder if the extras there, would have been picked up by another team. Wonder why?