2013 Colts Positional Preview: Projecting the 53-Man Roster

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This summer, Stampede Blue’s Josh Wilson took a look at each position, looking at the talent they have and at how the final roster might play out. Today we conclude the series by projecting who will make the 53-man roster as the start of training camp is just days away.

Training camp is just days away. Finally. We've spent the summer looking position by position at every player on the Colts roster, trying to figure out just what will happen in camp. I'm sure to be wrong in several places, so it's a good thing that training camp is almost here!

Just as a recap, here's what I project the roster will look like by the time week one comes and the Colts take on the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium:

STARTER


BACKUP


CUT


QB


Andrew Luck

Matt Hasselbeck

Chandler Harnish

RB


Vick Ballard

Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams (R),

Delone Carter, Davin Meggett

FB


Stanley Havili

Dan Moore (R)

WR1


Reggie Wayne

T.Y. Hilton, Lavon Brazill*, Griff Whalen, Nathan Palmer*

Jeremy Kelley (R), Rodrick Rumble (R), Jabin Sambrano, Lanear Sampson (R)

WR2


Darrius Heyward-Bey

TE1


Dwayne Allen

Justice Cunningham (R)

Dominique Jones, Weslye Saunders

TE2


Coby Fleener

LT


Anthony Castonzo

Emmett Cleary (R), Jeff Linkenbach

Ben Ijalana, Bradley Sowell, Lee Ziemba

RT


Gosder Cherilus

LG


Donald Thomas

Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz

Justin Anderson, Robert Griffin

RG


Hugh Thornton (R)

C


Samson Satele,

Khaled Holmes (R)

Rick Schmeig (R)

DE


Cory Redding

Fili Moala

Lawrence Guy

DT


Ricky Jean Francois

Drake Nevis, Montori Hughes (R)

Kellen Heard, Ricardo Matthews

NT


Josh Chapman

Brandon McKinney, Aubrayo Franklin

Martin Tevaseu

ILB


Jerrell Freeman

Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard

Mario Harvey, Scott Lutrus, C.O. Prime (R)

ILB


Pat Angerer

OLB


Erik Walden

Bjoern Werner (R), Lawrence Sidbury

Caesar Rayford, Monte Simmons, Quinton Spears, Justin Hickman, Josh McNary (R)

ROLB


Robert Mathis

CB1


Vontae Davis

Darius Butler, Cassius Vaughn, Sheldon Price (R)

Allen Chapman (R), Josh Gordy, Marshay Green, Teddy Williams

CB2


Greg Toler

SS

LaRon Landry

John Boyett (R), Joe Lefeged

Daxton Swanson (R), Larry Asante, Sergio Brown, Delano Howell

FS

Antoine Bethea

K


Adam Vinatieri

Brandon McManus (R)

P


Pat McAfee

LS


Matt Overton

KR


Kerwynn Williams (R)

T.Y. Hilton, Cassius Vaughn

N/A

PR


T.Y. Hilton

Kerwynn Williams (R)

N/A

* So, as you know, LaVon Brazill is suspended for the first four games of the regular season. That puts his roster spot in jeaprody in the first place (and my opinion is that they should just cut him), but I don't think the Colts intend to just release him because of his suspension and as a result, I think he stays on the team. However, he won't be able to play in the first four weeks and therefore the team will need a receiver to occupy his spot on the roster (Brazill doesn't count against the 53-man roster while suspended), and I think that guy is Nathan Palmer. He had an impressive offseason and was going to be battling with Whalen (and the others) for the fifth wideout spot anyways. Now I think he makes the team as the sixth receiver during Brazill's absence, and after that the team will have a tough decision to make as to who to release - Whalen, Palmer, Brazill, or someone else entirely. Bottom line is that I think Palmer makes the team to fill in for Brazill on the roster so that the Colts aren't left with just four receivers.

Last Five to Make the 53-man Roster:

  • WR Nathan Palmer
  • OT Emmett Cleary
  • DT Montori Hughes (R)
  • OLB Lawrence Sidbury
  • CB Sheldon Price

Last Five to Be Cut from the 53-man roster:

  • OT Ben Ijalana
  • DT Ricardo Matthews
  • OLB Caesar Rayford
  • CB Teddy Williams
  • S Daxton Swanson

Throughout the series, I kept a list of guys that I liked but who I just don't think there is a spot for. Here's that list, and be on the lookout for several of these players, if cut, to possibly end up on the practice squad:

  • Quarterback Chandler Harnish
  • Fullback Dan Moore
  • Wide Receiver Jabin Sambrano
  • Offensive Lineman Ben Ijalana
  • Nose Tackle Martin Tevaseu
  • Outside Linebacker Caesar Rayford
  • Cornerback Teddy Williams
  • Safety Sergio Brown
  • Safety Daxton Swanson (NOTE: in my positional preview, I had Swanson making the final roster, but my final count came out as 54 guys for a 53-man roster. I contemplated whether to take Sheldon Price or Swanson off, and I decided on Swanson. I won't be surprised at all if he makes the roster and, if he is cut, I would think that he will definitely be on the practice squad.)

Lastly, here are the positions that I wrote down as having a battle for a starting spot:

  • Running Back (Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw)
  • Right Guard (Hugh Thornton, Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz)
  • Center (Samson Satele, Khaled Holmes)
  • Defensive Tackle (Ricky Jean Francois, Drake Nevis, Montori Hughes)
  • Inside Linebacker (Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard)
  • Outside Linebacker (Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner)
  • Kick Returner (Kerwynn Williams, T.Y. Hilton, Cassius Vaughn)
  • Punt Returner (T.Y. Hilton, Kerwynn Williams)

Camp is almost here. We're done looking at the roster on paper. It's time to look at it on the field. I can't wait.

Football season is almost here, folks. The wait is over.

For more in-depth analysis of the Colts’ roster heading into camp, check out Josh Wilson’s other position previews:

| QB | RB/FB | WR | TE | OL | DL | OLB | ILB | CB | S | S/T |

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