Jason’s (@ColtsAuth_Media) Prediction of the Indianapolis Colts’ Final 53-man roster

After the Colts final preseason game against the Bengals, we look toward the final roster cuts and the regular-season opener. Here is one Colts Authority staff member's prediction for the final roster: Jason Spears, our Colts Authority Radio Media Coordinator. Do you agree? Where do you see differences?- KJR
 
Quarterbacks (2)
 
Andrew Luck– future star put simply, the truth
Matt Hasselbeck– ok backup QB to help Luck grow as a QB (free agent signing)
 
Running Backs (5)
 
Ahmad Bradshaw– veteran, solid all-around back (free agent signing)
Vick Ballard– sophomore season will be even better with experience
Donald Brown– homerun hitter, elusive in space
Kerwyn Williams– raw rookie with return capabilities; great speed and quickness (drafted)
Stanley Havili (FB) – experienced vet, solid on ST’s and solid lead blocker with receiving capabilities
 
Tight Ends (3)
 
Dwayne Allen– future star tight end, excels in every facet of the game
Coby Fleener– showed flashes in his rookie season, needs to step up this year
Justice Cunningham– strong blocker with surprising hands (Drafted)
 
Wide Receivers (5) 
 
Reggie Wayne– HOF fame player, still at the top of his game
Darius Heyward Bey– solid vet with elite speed to stretch the field (free agent signing)
TY Hilton– A special player. He can play outside or in the slot & return punts. HE MAKES BIG PLAYS!
Griff Whalen- great hands, showed he can contribute and has solid rapport with Luck
David Reed– solid special teams player; very raw wide receiver; can return kicks & has great speed (Acquired via trade from Baltimore)
 
Offensive Line (9)
 
Anthony Costanzo (LT)– easily the most consistent player on the line.
Gosder Cherilus (RT)– SHOULD be an improvement. He has to play better than he did in preseason. (free agent signing)
Joe Reitz (G/T)– a decent player with experience, who can play either G or T. He’s versatile & can fill in at multiple spots
Jeff Linkenbach (G/T)– decent player with experience/versatility who can play either G or T. Helps offensive line depth
Donald Thomas (OG)– a immediate upgrade at G who should help with both running game & passing game. (free agent signing)
Hugh Thornton (OG)– if he’s not the Week 1 starter, it won’t be long. A ton of talent and will help immediately. (Drafted)
Mike MgGlynn (OG/C)– coaches love him; a leader in meetings; durable; not a very good player. Rated PFF worst o lineman last year
Samson Satele (C)– was below average last year, hopefully with more talent around him he will play better this year
Khalid Holmes (C/OG)– finally got into the last preseason game (Drafted)
 
Special Teams (3)
 
Pat McAfee (P)– becoming one of the best punters in the league; solid tackler too 
Adam Vinatieri (K)– one of the greatest kickers of all time, on the down side of his career; still solid
Matt Overton (LS)– not really noticed much, which means he’s doing his job well
 
Defensive Line (8)
 
Aubrayo Franklin (NT)– solid veteran pick up will help immediately both on and off field (free agent signing)
Josh Chapman (NT)– ultra-talented, 2nd-year player out of Alabama, looks to anchor the line for years to come
Ricky Jean-Francois (DT)– young exciting player, was buried behind SF line talent, gets fresh start in Indy (free agent signing)
Drake Nevis (DT)– LSU product was playing well before his injury last year; looks to have picked up where he left off
Montori Hughes (DT)– an extremely raw rookie with an unlimited ceiling, needs to stay out of trouble off the field (Drafted)
Cory Redding (DE)- emotional leader on defense; plays hard all the time makes people around him better
Fili Maola (DE)– showed flashes last year and looks to be coming into his own (if he can just stay on the field)
Ricardo Mathews (DE)– gets better every year, extremely versatile player
 
Linebackers (9)
 
Pat Angerer (ILB)– coming off injuries, needs to show he’s healthy; when healthy this guy is a tackling machine
Jerrell Freeman (ILB)– came out of nowhere last year to be one of the best players on defense; makes a lot of plays
Kavell Conner (ILB)– real thumper, plays the run very well, struggles against the pass. Short yardage situations suit him well
Kelvin Sheppard (ILB)– solid against the pass, has been underwhelming in preseason. Nickel package player (Acquired via trade from Buffalo)
Mario Harvey (ILB)– solid back up, is decent at everything, seems to find the ball a lot
Robert Mathis (OLB)– great at getting to the QB and making big plays; Pro Bowl player
Erik Walden (OLB)– must set the edge and allow the defense to keep runs bottled up (free agent signing)
Bjorn Werner (OLB)– raw rookie has shown flashes, a tireless worker, he will get better as the season progresses (Drafted)
Cesar Rayford (OLB)– the star of preseason, made his presence known in all four games; he makes big plays and has earned a spot
 
Defensive Backs (9)
 
Vontae Davis (CB)– lockdown corner has played great this preseason, picking up where he left off at the end of last season
Greg Toler (CB)– a huge upgrade over corners last year. He plays very aggressive & is solid in all facets (free agent signing)
Darius Butler (NCB)– solid nickel corner, which covers the slot well, and has a nose for the ball
Cassius Vaughn (DCB)– 4th corner, with starting experience and a good special teams player
Josh Gordy (CB/S)– very versatile can play both corner and safety in a pinch and is a good special teams player
Antoine Bethea (FS)– a pro bowl caliber player when he has a solid player next to him. Durable and holds back four together.
Laron Landry (SS)– immediate upgrade; hitter w/ good speed and will make a big difference if he can remain healthy (free agent signing)
Joe Lefeged (FS/SS)– solid back up S, but he makes his bones on special teams, this guy is an absolute demon on special teams
Sergio Brown (FS/SS)– solid back up depth & a solid special teams player
 
*Lavon Brazill is suspended
** John Boyett will be put on PUP
 
 
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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