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Colts Projected Final 53-Man Roster

For an NFL coaching staff, starting the week with a roster of 90 players and having to cut it down to 53 by the end of the week is a tall task. The Colts have great depth which will leave some good players on the outside looking in. Here is what I believe the roster will be to begin the 2013 regular season.

Each head coach in the NFL would likely tell you this week is one of, if not the hardest weeks to be a head coach in the NFL each year. Teams were required to get their rosters down to 75 players from 90 players by 4:00pm EST today, August 27th. The players the Colts waived or designated to certain reserve or injury lists to get to 75 are as follows: Johnny Adams, John Boyett, Allen Chapman, Danous Estenor, Kellen Heard, Brandon McManus, Josh McNary, Davin Meggett, Nathan Palmer, C.O. Prime, Rick Schmeig, Lawrence Sidbury, Ashante Williams, Maurice Williams and Teddy Williams.

Next, all teams have to trim their rosters down to a final tally of 53 players by this Saturday, August 31st. One thing the Colts have done this offseason is create tremendous quality depth at several positions. Like Coach Chuck Pagano said earlier this week, that competition and impending cuts means there are going to be some good football players let go.

Taking that into account, here is what I think the Colts’ final, 53-man roster will look like after Saturday’s deadline.


On offense, I have the Colts sticking with their familiar group of offensive linemen, with the exception of newcomers Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes. With the struggles this group has faced in the past year, they will need to keep around the players that they already feel are good “depth” guys. Andrew Luck's health is too important to gamble on some of the current younger players.

Quarterback – Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck

Running Back – Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams

H-Back – Stanley Havili

Wide Receiver – Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Griff Whalen

Wide Receiver – Darrius Heyward-Bey, LaVon Brazill

Tight End – Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Justice Cunningham

Left Tackle – Anthony Castonzo, Bradley Sowell

Left Guard – Donald Thomas, Joe Reitz

Center – Samson Satele, Khaled Holmes

Right Guard – Mike McGlynn, Hugh Thornton

Right Tackle – Gosder Cherilus, Jeff Linkenbach


On defense, there are some more tough decisions to make. Many defenders have impressed in the preseason and training camp, but still won't be able to make it due to various reasons.

On this projection, players like Ricardo Mathews and Martin Tevaseu do not make it. Mathews is a great option, but it is a toss-up between him and Drake Nevis. With the coaching staff likely looking to keep Fili Moala around, one of them may find themselves on the outside looking in. Don’t be surprised to see a trade pop up, however. These players are young and have plenty to give, so the front office may not want to give them up so easily.

Left Defensive End – Cory Redding, Drake Nevis

Nose Tackle – Aubrayo Franklin, Josh Chapman

Right Defensive Tackle – Ricky Jean-Francois, Fili Moala, Montori Hughes

Left Outside Linebacker – Erik Walden

Left Inside Linebacker – Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard

Right Inside Linebacker – Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey

Right Outside Linebacker – Robert Mathis, Bjoern Werner, Caesar Rayford

Left Cornerback – Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn

Free Safety – Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged

Strong Safety – LaRon Landry, Delano Howell

Right Cornerback – Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Marshay Green


There is no question Adam Vinatieri, Pat McAfee and Matt Overton are the kicker, punter and long snapper, respectively for this squad. Kerwynn Williams and T.Y. Hilton appear to be the front runners for the kick and punt return duties, as well.

Kick Returner – Kerwynn Williams, Cassius Vaughn

Punt Returner – T.Y, Hilton, Kerwynn Williams

Kicker – Adam Vinatieri

Holder – Pat McAfee

Punter – Pat McAfee

Long Snapper – Matt Overton

Photos courtesy of Indy Star

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Shame to see John Boyett go. I liked him. Was the injury just too much?

Luckily he's still on the team, but he was just moved to the Non-Football Injury List.  This is the same as the PUP list, but it is just used for players suffering from injuries either not related to football, or that happened while not in the NFL.


I expect that Boyett will have the same type of season Josh Chapman did last year.  They will likely just redshirt him all year.  We have no reason to rush him back, so he can sit this season out and recover.  He's going to be exciting to watch next season.

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