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2019 NFL Preseason Game 4: Indianapolis Colts v Cincinnati Bengals Open Thread

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

We have arrived. The final NFL preseason game is upon us. Final cuts are due at 4 PM ET on Saturday, August 31st. You can bet that a large portion of the players taking the field on both sides of the ball today will either find themselves moving to another city for a shot they cannot get with their current franchise or back at home trying to find a way to make ends meet.

Still, teams will give some of the players fighting for a few roster spots a chance to really shine. While we won’t get a definitive answer prior to the game as to who will definitely not play, here is a guess at some players who may be worth watching.


Rookie draft picks Bobby Okereke and E.J. Speed are still trying to work their way into a larger role on the regular season roster. There is a chance that at least one of the two will get a long look from the coaching staff tonight. While they are currently not slated to play the same position, they could be pushing out players who earned roster spots last year.

With Nate Hairston gone, the battle for the final roster spots at cornerback is likely now down to Marvell Tell III and Jalen Collins. Assuming the team keeps special teams ace Chris Milton, there are already five corners who will likely be on the roster on opening day. Collins has been picked apart all training camp. Tell has shown some signs of improvement as he transitions to a new role.

The player who has a better showing tonight could send the other to waivers.

While Kemoko Turay could see some time with the first team, an opportunity to continue an impressive preseason performance, the defensive line competitions that matter are likely between Gerri Green and Carroll Phillips at end and Caraun Reid and Sterling Shippy on the interior. The defensive line group is crowded and it will take a pretty impressive showing for a player at the bottom of the roster to feel safe.


With the surprising retirement of Andrew Luck last weekend, the quarterback discussion has changed considerably. Now there is little doubt that Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly are in a fight for a long-term spot on the roster. To this point, it has been all Chad Kelly. The only question that remains, can Phillip Walker at least show enough to make the Colts confident enough to not bring in an outside player for the first two weeks?

It seems unlikely that Deon Cain will take the field tonight, given what is at stake and where we are in the preseason process. This could leave Krishawn Hogan, Zach Pascal, and Marcus Johnson to battle it out for what could be one spot on the roster. Pascal’s special teams talents could push him over the top and back onto the roster but Hogan has looked sharp this preseason and could be deserving of a strong look. Johnson has to be considered the last likely of the three to make the roster at this point.

The biggest battle to close out this preseason is likely for the final tight end spot. Ross Travis and Hale Hentges may be the most likely candidates to take the field on offense to earn a meaningful role on the regular season roster. Who will it be? The rangy former basketball player with speed or the Jack Doyle close who seems able to do it all?

The running back position has been a mess over the last two weeks. Jordan Wilkins has been nursing a foot injury and Jonathan Williams suffered a cracked rib. Both are likely questionable to play in the season opener at this point. Does this open up a crazy outside chance for Charcandrick West to push his way onto the depth chart?


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Game Time

7pm PM ET on Thursday August 29, 2019


Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH

TV Channel

Courtesy of 506 Sports, here are the local television listings:

WXIN (FOX/59 - Indianapolis)

WBKI (CW/58 - Louisville)

WFFT (FOX/55 - Fort Wayne IN)

WCWW (CW/25 - South Bend IN)

WTWO (NBC/2 - Terre Haute IN)

WPBY (ABC/35 - Lafayette IN)

WEHT (ABC/25 - Evansville IN)

WCIA (CBS/3 - Champaign IL)


Play-By-Play: Greg Rakestraw

Color Analyst: Rick Venturi

Sideline: Larra Overton


WFNI (107.5FM/1070 The Fan) and WLHK (Country 97.1 Hank FM)

Play-By-Play: Matt Taylor

Color Analyst: Jim Sorgi

Sideline: Jeffrey Gorman

Officiating Crew

Land Clark (referee tryout; Carl Cheffers crew) “Enemy” Blog

“Enemy” Blog

Cincy Jungle


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No. Pos. First Last
No. Pos. First Last
2 QB Brian Hoyer
4 K Adam Vinatieri
7 QB Jacoby Brissett
8 P Rigoberto Sanchez
11 WR Deon Cain
13 WR T.Y. Hilton
14 WR Zach Pascal
15 WR Parris Campbell
20 RB Jordan Wilkins
21 RB Nyheim Hines
23 CB Kenny Moore
25 RB Marlon Mack
26 S Clayton Geathers
29 S Malik Hooker
30 S George Odum
31 CB Quincy Wilson
33 RB Jonathan Williams
34 CB Rock Ya-Sin
35 CB Pierre Desir
37 S Khari Willis
38 CB Ryan Lewis
39 CB Marvell Tell III
42 S Rolan Milligan
44 LB Zaire Franklin
45 LB E.J. Speed
46 LS Luke Rhodes
49 LB Matthew Adams
50 LB Anthony Walker
51 DT Jihad Ward
52 DE Ben Banogu
53 LB Darius Leonard
56 G Quenton Nelson
57 DE Kemoko Turay
58 LB Bobby Okereke
62 T Le'Raven Clark
63 C Josh Andrews
64 G Mark Glowinski
72 T Braden Smith
73 T Joe Haeg
74 T Anthony Castonzo
78 C Ryan Kelly
80 WR Chester Rogers
81 TE Mo Alie-Cox
84 TE Jack Doyle
85 TE Eric Ebron
86 TE Hale Hentges
90 DT Grover Stewart
92 DT Margus Hunt
93 DE Jabaal Sheard
94 DT Tyquan Lewis
96 DT Denico Autry
97 DE Al-Quadin Muhammed
99 DE Justin Houston