Alright, the Colts’ fourth and last preseason game against the Bengals was not exactly interesting. Or watchable. But, some of us forced ourselves to watch it anyway. Mostly, so we can speculate who will make the team.
The good news is…the preseason is over. The bad news is…the Colts have to go from 75 players to 53 (plus 10 practice squad players) by Saturday at 4:00 PM.
And it’s a good thing that Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson is in really good shape. Because there’s a pretty good chance he may have to suit up on the offensive line at some point this season. Or, he could bring in a player or two once roster cuts are made. Which is the more likely scenario.
I’ve been watching these players since training camp and I have my own list of keepers for Mr. Grigson. I assume the healthy players who were not on the field on Thursday night have made the team (including WR Griff Whalen).
As for the rest, here are the players I absolutely have to have on the Colts roster:
RB Daniel “Boom” Herron BOOM!
WR Donte Moncrief No brainer.
G Jack Mewhort Colts top draft pick. Enough said.
OLB Jonathan Newsome (And not just because his mom followed me on twitter.) The former Ball State Cardinal has said from the day he was drafted that he wants to be the next Robert Mathis. And watching him play, I’m starting to see glimpses of a young Robert Mathis.
CB Loucheiz Purifoy He’s special. And he’s been special on special teams.
RB Zurlon Tipton At times, this guy has run better than anyone on the roster. Without the benefit of the starting roster.
C Jonotthan Harrison Aside from the fact that the Colts are needy at the position, this guy is smart. He is extremely well spoken. And he gets football. I understand why the Colts were high on him. I am too.
S Colt Anderson His name is Colt. What more do you need, for God’s sake? And he’s also consistently made plays. Which is enough for me.
CB Marcus Burley Again, he’s consistently made plays. At a position the Colts are consistently light on come midseason.
TE Jack Doyle Hometown kid. Who has made a pretty good preseason for himself.
TE Weslye Saunders Yep. Want him too.
NT Zach Kerr Take out Thursday night and he’s been pretty darn impressive.
OLB Andy Studebaker Has been a total stud in preseason.
TE Erik Swoope I just have to see what he can do. He’s mature, talented, disciplined, and driven. And I want to see where that will take him with a little more time.
WR Da’Rick Rogers Be happy I put you here. You could have taken the fire extinguisher off the wall at Paul Brown Stadium and blown it in the end zone. That would have made this decision much easier. Don’t be stupid! Unless you want to be stupid somewhere else.
These are the players I feel strongly about. The guys I feel best represent the Colts both on and off the field. Horseshoe guys, if you will.
Truth be told, all the men on the current roster have put their hearts and souls into the last several months. They’ve sacrificed many things to focus on their dream. For some, it’s about to come true. For others, it’s about to come to an end (at least with the Colts).
But I wish them all success and will continue to cheer for them…no matter what color they wear.
Colts fans have a saying, “Once a Colt, always a Colt.” And we mean it.