Guessing At the First Roster Cuts: A 75-Man Prediction

Next week, the Colts will have to cut their roster down to 75 players by 4 PM ET on Monday afternoon. This is the first step in the journey to a 53-man roster, and will provide hope for a large group of young, unproven players who are fighting for their careers. 

Here is my guess at who will be remaining on the Colts’ roster on Monday night. 

Offense

QB: Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish (3)

RB: Donald Brown, Vick Ballard, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore, Darren Evans (5)

WR: Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Donnie Avery, Kris Adams, Jabin Sambrano, Quan Cosby, Griff Whalen, Jeremy Ross (10)

TE: Coby FLeener, Dwayne Allen, Dominique Jones, Kyle Miller (4)

LT: Anthony Castonzo, George Foster, Ty Nsekhe (3)

LG: Joe Reitz, Seth Olsen, Jason Foster (3)

C: Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley (2)

RG: Mike McGlynn, Mike Tepper, Hayworth Hicks (3)

RT: Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, Steven Baker(3)

Defense

LDE: Cory Redding, Ricardo Mathews, James Aiono (3)

NT: Antonio Johnson, Brandon McKinney, Chigbo Anunoby (3)

RDE: Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Jason Shirley (3)

ROLB: Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Tim Fugger (3)

ILB: Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Moise Fokou, Mario Harvey, Greg Lloyd (6)

LOLB: Dwight Freeeney, Mario Addison, Jerry Brown (3)

RCB: Jerraud Powers, Cassius Vaughn, Chris Rucker, Antonio Fenelus (4)

LCB: Justin King, Korey Lindsey, D.J. Johnson, Brandon King (4)

SS: Tom Zbikowski, Jermale Hines, David Caldwell (3)

FS: Antoine Behea, Joe Lefeged, Mike Newton (3)

Special Teams

K: Adam Vinatieri (1)

P: Pat McAfee (1)

LS: Justin Snow, Matt Overton (2)

Notes

  • Players on this list I’m least comfortable about: J. Foster, Baker, Fenelus, Fugger, Aiono, Hicks, Anderson, Evans, and Overton. The Colts very well could cut Overton, and I wouldn’t be surprised, but I have a feeling they may be grooming him to take over for Snow, who has to be nearing the end. 
  • I think the corner back situation is one giant mess. Outside of Powers and King, I really don’t feel comfortable with any of them. All five of the others I chose could be cut, and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit. 
  • I think the Colts still have a lot to figure out at the receiver position, especially with injuries to Collie and Avery. 
  • Darren Evans will likely get cut, but I have a feeling they hold on to him for that last preseason game, especially if Carter/Moore are still hurting. 
  • I have Josh Chapman and Justin Anderson making the team, but being on the PUP/NFI list I don’t believe they count towards the roster, hence they are missing on this list. 
  • I think the Colts are still weaving through thos backup safeties, and will give those four a chance to prove themselves in the last preseason game.
Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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