When you constantly hear that the NFL stands for “not for long” you should take it to heart. After initial roster cuts last weekend, the Colts put in a waiver claim to add veteran running back Matt Jones to their backfield rotation. While it seemed unlikely that this signing was made for any short-term impact, it could have been a long-term move with Frank Gore nearing the end of his illustrious career.
Still, I always felt like Jones filled one of the more at-risk spots on the roster. The team currently carries more corners that it would like to carry and the backfield of Gore, Turbin, and rookie Marlon Mack seemed like the most promising trio the Colts have had in many years. As such, Jones was a bit of a long-term luxury.
The biggest reason Jones was let go is due to a lack of health on the offensive line. Former first round pick Ryan Kelly and new waiver wire addition Ian Silberman both can play center and both are out this week. Veteran free agent addition Brian Schwenke was cut.
With undrafted rookie Deyshawn Bond as the only healthy center projected for the active roster on Sunday, the Colts released Jones and activated Adam Redmond — who took some reps at center during training camp and the preseason.
Another reason Jones was dropped over a cornerback is that veteran corner Vontae Davis is out for Sunday and three of the corners currently on the roster are rookies — Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston, and Kenny Moore. This leaves three healthy corners on the roster with previous NFL regular season experience — Rashaan Melvin, Pierre Desir, and Chris Milton.
Colts fans should brace themselves for additional roster moves that will likely continue until the team returns key players to the field. When Silberman is healthy, Redmond will likely get released. When Davis returns, one or two corners could be released. When Kelly returns, there could be additional shuffling. When Geathers returns, Green will likely move over to corner and another corner may be released.
All of this is said without any idea what other injuries the roster might sustain. Regardless, staying on an NFL roster is a shaky proposition if you’re not a primary contributor. This Colts group will likely remain very fluid — particularly during the first half of the year.