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What do the Colts do with Gonzo on IR?

I don't have a lot of time to research this, so I'm going to throw out a few suggestions for what the Colts should do now that they have placed WR Anthony Gonzalez on the Injured Reserve.  It is obvious that the Colts have been just fine without this roster spot being utilized, but it is small moves like this that solidify a team heading into the postseason.

The question is, do the Colts look to elevate a player from the practice squad, or do they look outside the organization for a contributor?  There are very few players out there seem to make much sense for the Colts to sign.  I know that many people say that we should go get Keiwan Ratliff due to his outstanding play in a few games for the Colts last year(namely the Steelers game, where he played lights out).  I also know that most fans are just dying for someone, anyone, to leapfrog Tim Jennings on the depth chart.

But, at the end of the day, does a Ratliff signing ensure that this happens?  Probably not.  The Colts coaching staff obviously like what they have in Jennings.  He general keeps his man in front of him and does not allow yards after the catch do to sure tackling and good closing speed.  He just doesn't have the instincts and cover technique to use that speed to make a play on the enough.  He is also usually just plain out-sized by the receivers he covers.  Ratliff doesn't offer a whole lot more than this, and has no time in Larry Coyer's new defensive scheme.  One thing you could argue is that Ratliff will not be expected to perform at a high level for almost a month, and in theory should be able to absorb the changes rather quickly.  And, of course, he may be one of those players - like Clint Session and Gary Brackett - who thrive in this system.

Considering that, my best suggestion would be to elevate one of three players to the active roster.  Those three are:

  • WR Samuel Giguere #14 - A tough, physically imposing receiver that has not got time due to his need to adjust from the Canadian game to the American game.
  • WR Taj Smith #10 - A quick, shifty receiver with soft hands that showed a lot of ability in the preseason and camp.  Might also be a possible return man.
  • DB Terrail Lambert - Dime and Quarter packages might be more common in the playoffs, and I don't know how much the Colts trust Francisco or TJ Rushing to step on the field and defend in crunch time.  Haven't seen much info on this guy, but he's on the PS for a reason
All of these guys have been in the organization for a while and know our schemes.  Probably the best overall option would be Taj Smith since he is pretty much a known commodity.  I believe that is the way they go unless they are interested in another veteran free agent at some position, or if health becomes an issue somewhere.  There just doesn't seem to be a lot of talent out there.
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