The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason. To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster. Today, we're looking at cornerback Winston Rose.
Who is he?
Winston Rose was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, but it wasn't in the traditional sense. Rose went undrafted after a successful collegiate career at New Mexico State, and it led to him being signed by the Los Angeles Rams. After rookie mini-camp, however, the Rams waived Rose, which led to the Colts making room on their roster to pick him up. During his time at New Mexico State, Rose played in 25 games (14 starts) and recorded 105 tackles, three tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions, and a fumble recovery. That wasn't his first stop, however, as before transferring to New Mexico State he played two seasons (2011-2012) at Los Angeles Valley College, where he was a second-team All-Conference selection in 2011 and a first-team selection in 2012.
What is his role?
The Colts have the spots at cornerback nearly locked up, as Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, Darius Butler, and D'Joun Smith are the overwhelming favorites to be the top four at the position. That would leave just one (maybe two) spots at the spot, which would obviously mean that Winston Rose will have stiff competition for that role. Other players, like Jalil Brown or Tevin Mitchel, are certainly worth keeping an eye on, which further diminishes Rose's chances. As an undrafted free agent a player is always facing longer odds, however, so it's nothing unexpected for Rose. The real task for him will be playing himself into a roster spot in training camp and preseason.
What are his chances?
Not great, but that's expected for an undrafted free agent.