There’s technically football on today! While the NFL world awaits tomorrow’s conference championship matchups - both of which are exciting and should be good games - the teams are also getting a chance to look at some prospective future NFL talent.
The East-West Shrine Game takes place this afternoon, and the game features players hoping to make a good impression on NFL scouts and personnel people as draft season begins.
The game takes place at 3:00 p.m. ET this afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be televised on NFL Network. If you’re so inclined to tune in for the game, feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss prospects and players who might be a good fit for the Colts.
Last year, the Colts didn’t draft anyone who had played in the East-West Shrine Game but they did sign three undrafted free agents who had, as Josh Ferguson, Andrew Williamson, and Anthony Sarao all took part in last year’s game. Ferguson stayed with the Colts on their active roster all season long, Williamson was on injured reserve, and Sarao was with the team for part of training camp and the preseason.
Several Colts coaches will be a part of this year’s game, too, getting a closer look at some of the prospects. Offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach Tim Berbenich, offensive quality control coach Frank Giufre, and outside linebackers coach Brad White are coaching for the East team, while running backs coach Jemal Singleton and defensive backs coach Greg Williams are coaching for the West team.
Here are the rosters for the two teams:
That’s not the only college All-Star game taking place today, however, as the NFLPA Bowl also takes place this afternoon. That game will begin at 4:15 p.m. ET and will be televised on FS1, so once again, consider this an open thread to discuss players in that game as well.
The Colts signed several guys who played in last year’s NFLPA Bowl as well, as Frankie Williams, Winston Rose, Luke Rhodes, Mekale McKay, and Deon King all participated in last year’s game. Rhodes and King finished the regular season on the Colts’ active roster, while Williams was on the Non-Football Injury List after playing in several games this year. Rose and McKay were both cut before the 53-man roster was finalized.
Here are the rosters for the two teams this year: