Training camp is just around the corner, and the Colts will have to begin cutting down their roster soon after camp begins.
We’ve already considered the possibility of one player from the 2016 draft class getting cut in T.J. Green, and Hassan Ridgeway is in a similar situation heading into 2018.
Ryan Grigson selected Ridgeway in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former Texas Longhorn has been unable to earn much playing time during his first two seasons in the league.
The Colts have had plenty of holes on their roster since Ridgeway joined the team, but defensive tackle has not been one of them. Ridgeway hasn’t been higher than the fourth or fifth option on Indianapolis’ defensive tackle depth chart in his young career, and he’ll likely be in a similar spot next season behind Al Woods, Denico Autry, Margus Hunt (who is also on the roster bubble), and Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Ridgeway has shown some promise as a pass rusher during limited playing time with 4.5 career sacks, including 3 sacks last season. That pass rushing ability could give the Colts enough reason to keep him on the roster in 2018 to see if he can have a breakout year.
Ridgeway can probably play both defensive tackle positions in Matt Eberflus’ new 4-3 defensive scheme. That sort of positional versatility will be valuable for a rotational defensive lineman.
This year’s training camp will be crucial for Ridgeway’s future with the Colts. He needs to make a strong impression on the new coaching staff in order for him to remain with the team for his third season.