Breaking Down Saturday’s Cuts

 With the Colts roster cuts being announced yesterday, Coltsider's Jake Sanders' put up his quick thoughts on the roster moves.

Thanks to him for getting up his thoughts so quickly, but I wanted to post a more thorough reaction to the full impact of the cuts. So, again, here are the players cut:

S Al Afalava, P Travis Baltz, WR Chris Brooks, DE John Chick, LB Chris Colasanti, OG Kyle DeVan, TE Tyson DeVree, DT John Gill, WR David Gilreath, DB Michael Hamlin, DT Tommie Harris, RB Javarris James, DB Brandon King, C Jake Kirkpatrick, DT Ricardo Mathews, TE Michael Matthews, OL Jacques McClendon, WR Larrone Moore, LB Kerry Neal, DT Ollie Ogbu, QB Dan Orlovsky, WR Taj Smith (waived/injured), OL Michael Tepper, OT Michael Toudouze, LB Nate Triplett, LB Vuna Tuihalamaka, WR Marshall Williams.

Therefore, it leaves the Colts' current depth chart looking like the following:

QB: Peyton Manning, Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter

RB: Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Darren Evans, Chad Spann

WR: Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez, Blair White (activated off PUP)

TE: Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme, Brody Eldridge, Mike McNeill

OT: Anthony Castonzo, Jeff Linkenbach, Benjamin Ijalana, OG: Joe Reitz, Ryan Diem, Mike Pollak, Jamey Richard

C: Jeff Saturday (Pollak backup)

DT: Antonio Johnson, Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Eric Foster

DE: Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Tyler Brayton, Jamaal Anderson

LB: Gary Brackett, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Ernie Sims, Philip Wheeler, Adrian Moten

CB: Jerraud Powers, Justin Tryon, Jacob Lacey, Kevin Thomas, Chris Rucker, Terrence Johnson

S: Antoine Bethea, Melvin Bullitt, Joe Lefeged, David Caldwell

P: Pat McAfee

K: Adam Vinatieri

LS: Justin Snow

There are a few surprises on this list, and a few moves that were to be expected. Now, remember, this is NOT the final roster. I would be extremely disappointed and shocked if the Colts went into Week One with this roster. Here are my thoughts on the roster as it stands:

  • Not surprised that Painter made the roster. Polian said earlier that the Colts would likely carry three quarterbacks into the season, and I'm not surprised in the least that they are. The top two QB's are aged, it makes sense to keep some insurance.
  • It doesn't make a whole lot of sense that the Colts are taking five running backs. John Michael Vincent reported that Chad Spann may be moved to the practice squad later, and his spot taken by a different acquisition. Anyway, I'm happy with the results here. I really like Evans, and James hasn't shown much to me.
  • With receivers, none of the young guys showed enough to stay over Blair White/Anthony Gonzalez. Both players also have very good chemistry with Peyton Manning, which gave them a huge edge. The truth is, if Gonzo doesn't work out, a receiver to take his place will not be hard to find, at least, not one that is of Gilreath, Brooks, or Smith's caliber.
  • The keeping of Mike McNeil is puzzling. I'm not sure why the Colts would keep him with Tamme on the roster. I'm still trying to figure that one out.
  • The lack of offensive linemen concerns me. I don't understand the cutting of McClendon and DeVan over Richard. Richard has been terrible in the last two years. He can play center, but Mike Pollak does it better. There is no reason that both McClendon and DeVan were cut over Jamey Richard, especially DeVan. I'm upset with FO on this one. It may not turn out to impact much, but even still, my mind is boggled.
  • Another reason to be puzzled is at defensive tackle, where Tommie Harris' waiving was the surprising move of the day. It seems his attitude was the problem, as Paul Kuharksy reported that Harris wanted to be treated like the team's top DL. Phil B speculated that the Colts may have wanted him to show a little more toughness in regards to his hamstring issues over the course of the preseason. The Colts' defensive tackle depth is low, especially at nose tackle, but may be addressed before the first week.
  • The defensive ends look great, Brayton and Anderson will be great for stopping the run, and points toward the Colts' putting more of an emphasis stopping the run. I would have rather kept Chick over Brayton, but I understand the move.
  • The linebacker and defensive back crews have a lot of depth with the current roster, and I'm glad. The Colts may look at more acquisitions in the defensive backfield, but they look good with the current players.
  • Robert Mathis was a little displeased at a couple of the Colts' moves, saying John Chick deserved to be on the roster, and that he was sad to see Tommie Harris go.

Again, I'm not surprised that Brown and Hughes made the roster, both should have at least another year to prove themselves. The Colts will likely make other moves, and Mike Chappell also reports they may not be done. One move the Colts may make is signing former New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who is rumored to have piqued the Colts' interest (again, Mathis had something to say, saying the Colts were "set at safety") Regardless, we'll be looking for more moves as the 11th approaches.

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.