Friday, August 30, 2013
Predicting the Colts' 53-man roster
By Mike Wells
Here’s my projection at what the Colts' 53-man roster will look like:
Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck
Comment: The Colts are in good hands with Luck and Hasselbeck.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams
Comment: Williams locked in his spot as the fourth running back by rushing for 92 yards against Cincinnati. He’ll also likely return kicks.
Stanley Havili, Dominique Jones
Comment: Havili proved that he can be another option for Luck to throw to out of the backfield against Cleveland last weekend.
Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, TY Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen, David Reed
Comment: Colts are set with Wayne, Heyward-Bey and Hilton, but depth is still a concern at receiver.
Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Justice Cunningham
Comment: You have to cross your fingers that Fleener’s preseason problems were just that and they won’t linger into the regular season.
Anthony Castonzo, Donald Thomas, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn, Gosder Cherilus, Hugh Thornton, Joe Reitz, Khaled Holmes, Jeff Linkenbach
Comment: The Colts’ scoring success depends heavily on how well this unit protects Luck
Cory Redding, Josh Chapman, Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes, Lawrence Guy, Drake Nevis
Comment: The defensive line has to prove it can stop the run.
Robert Mathis, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, Caesar Rayford, Pat Angerer, Jerrell Freeman, Kavell Conner, Mario Harvey, Kelvin Sheppard
Comment: Rayford is the surprise name on this list, but the 27-year-old former Canadian and Arena League player earned a roster spot by having a very strong training camp.
Greg Toler, Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Gordy
Comment: The Colts are in good hands if Davis and Butler play like they did during the preseason.
LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Larry Asante
Comment: Asante made a strong case to make the roster with an interception against Cleveland and 13 tackles against Cincinnati. Don’t count out Sergio Brown, though.
Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee, Matt Overton
Comment: No comment necessary
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star made his 53-man roster projection earlier this week.
Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan did the same.