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Colts 53-Man Roster Prediction from Andrew Aziz

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Stampede Blue's Andrew Aziz makes his prediction for the 53 man roster.

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Here is my prediction, in a nicely organized table, with some notes following the table:

Offense

Position

Starter

Backup

3rd Stringer

4th Stringer

Quarterback

Andrew Luck

Matt Hasselbeck

Running Back

Frank Gore

Dan Herron

Josh Robinson

Zurlon Tipton

Left Wide Receiver

Andre Johnson

Donte Moncrief

Right Wide Receiver

T.Y. Hilton

Phillip Dorsett

Griff Whalen

Tight End

Coby Fleener

Tight End

Dwayne Allen

Jack Doyle

Left Tackle

Anthony Castonzo

Joe Reitz

Ulrick John

Left Guard

Hugh Thornton

Lance Louis

Center

Khaled Holmes

Jonotthan Harrison

Right Guard

Todd Herremans

Joe Reitz

Kitt O'Brien

Right Tackle

Jack Mewhort

Denzelle Good

Ulrick John

Defense

Position

Starter

Backup

3rd Stringer

4th Stringer

Left Defensive End

Kendall Langford

Henry Anderson

Nose Tackle

Josh Chapman

David Parry

Right Defensive End

Zach Kerr

Earl Okine

Outside Linebacker

Erik Walden

Robert Mathis

Bjoern Werner

Inside Linebacker

D'Qwell Jackson

Amarlo Herrara

Inside Linebacker

Jerrell Freeman

Nate Irving

Outside Linebacker

Trent Cole

Jonathan Newsome

SIo Moore

Left Cornerback

Greg Toler

Darius Butler

Jalil Brown

Free Safety

Dwight Lowery

Colt Anderson

Strong Safety

Mike Adams

Clayton Geathers

Right Cornerback

Vontae Davis

D'Joun Smith

Special Teams

Position

Starter

Kicker

Adam Vinatieri

Punter

Pat McAfee

Long Snapper

Matt Overton

Practice Squad

Player

Position

Winston Guy

Safety

Eric Patterson

Cornerback

Kelcy Quarles

Defensive End

David Arkin

Offensive Guard

Justin Sinz

Tight End

Tyler Varga

Running Back

Quan Bray

Wide Receiver

Junior Sylvestre

Outside Linebacker

Notes

  • The Colts only keep 5 receivers and let Duron Carter go. Carter has not had a productive preseason, and although he'd be a great player for the practice squad (where he could definitely end up), I feel a team in need of a WR will scoop him before the Colts can place him on the practice squad.
  • Fan favorite Vick Ballard is cut. His injury is still affecting him and the Colts have good depth at running back and are able to replace him. It's sad to see him go, but his departure is becoming a reality.
  • Montori Hughes is cut. He has done nothing great, and David Parry has outplayed him all preseason. Parry is the new backup nose tackle and could end up becoming a starter before you know it.
  • Some project Lance Louis to start over Hugh Thornton, but I thought Thornton had the better preseason, so I'd start Thornton over Louis.
  • Sio Moore is an interesting case. He'll make the roster, but the Colts could (and should) place him on the PUP list and keep Cam Johnson or another roster bubble guy for the first 6 weeks. During those 6 weeks, Moore will have a chance to recover from his hip surgery (which has been bothering him throughout the Raiders training camp), and he can also learn the system.
  • The Arthur Jones injury forces Zach Kerr into a starting role. I have a feeling Henry Anderson starts getting a lot of action at that right defensive end spot.
  • There are 25 players on offense, 25 players on defense and 3 special team players.