Colts: Bubble Players in Preseason Week 2
Week 2 of the preseason is upon us and players are scrambling to make good impressions before the first round of roster cuts begin on August 30. With the Indianapolis Colts playing a majority of their depth players last week in Buffalo, we got a good look at several players fighting to make the final 53-man roster. After watching their performances, let’s examine some of the guys on the proverbial bubble.
Erik Swoope – Swoope recorded 1 reception for 11 yards in Preseason Week 1. He was not drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft after playing basketball at the University of Miami. Originally signing with the Colts on May 11, 2014 as a work in progress, he is entering his third season in the NFL. Being elevated to the active roster for the first time late in 2015, Swoope has yet to record a regular season reception. His time could be running out if he can not impress the coaches in the next three weeks.
Tevaun Smith and Chester Rogers – These are two of the several young players vying for the back end of the receiving depth chart with the fourth and fifth spots open to take. Both receivers came up big in Buffalo, outshining the competition. Smith finished with 3 receptions and 34 yards while Rogers pulled in 2 receptions for 63 yards, including a magnificent catch and broken tackle resulting in a 57-yard score. Both players were more productive than Quan Bray in Week 1, possibly taking the inside track in the position battle. If both Smith and Rogers continue to produce, expect them to make the roster with Bray as a return man again for 2016.
Edwin Jackson and Lee Hightower – On the defensive side of the ball, Jackson and Hightower are giving each practice and game their all. Jackson was signed to the Colts practice squad after being released from the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, while Hightower was signed as an UDFA after the 2016 NFL Draft. Jackson was extremely impressive against the Bills, recording 10 tackles. Hightower also made his mark, recording 4 tackles. Both players’ chances have been helped by injuries at their respective position groups.
Hopefully these young men can impress this week against Baltimore and improve their chances. Be sure to come right back to ProFootball.com after the game for our weekly “Game Ball” series, post-game observations, and much more.
Dalton Tinklenberg covers the Indianapolis Colts and writes the "Game Ball" series for Pro Football Spot. He hails from Northern Indiana and you can follow him on Twitter at @D_TinkPFS.
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