Aug 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) calls a play against the New York Jets during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Indianapolis Colts Roster: 53-Man Prediction

Cuts are right around the corner in the NFL, and the Colts are going to have to narrow down their active roster to just 53 players.

Let’s take a look at who the Colts are going to keep at each position and who probably won’t make the team:

Quarterback (2): Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck
Running Back (4): Trent Richardson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton
Fullback (1): Mario Harvey
Wide Receiver (6): Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief, Griff Whalen, Da’Rick Rogers
Tight End (3): Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Jack Doyle
Offensive Tackle (2): Gosder Cherilus, Anthony Castonzo
Offensive Guard (3): Jack Mewhort, Hugh Thornton, Lance Louis
Center (2): Khaled Holmes, Jonotthan Harrison
O-Line Depth (2): Xavier Nixon, Joe Reitz

Defensive End (3): Cory Redding, Arthur Jones, Ricky Jean-Francois
Nose Tackle (2): Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes
Outside Linebacker (4): Robert Mathis (after suspension), Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, Jonathan Newsome
Inside Linebacker (6): D’Qwell Jackson, Jerrell Freeman, Henoc Muamba, Andy Studebaker, Josh McNary, Andrew Jackson
Cornerback (5): Vontae Davis, Darius Butler, Greg Toler, Gosh Gordy, Louchiez Purifoy
Safety (5): LaRon Landry, Mike Adams, Sergio Brown, Colt Anderson, Dewey McDonald

Kicker: Adam Vinatieri
Punter: Pat McAfee
Long Snapper: Matt Overton

A few notes on the predictions:

  • Zurlon Tipton makes the team despite a fairly mediocre preseason performance due to the uncertainty at running back. He may be specifically a special teams player but may see time if Richardson under-performs or Bradshaw gets hurt.
  • Harvey has been making strides at fullback, and Stanley Havili‘s shoulder is a huge concern; he gets cut after spending the preseason on PUP.
  • Both Whalen and Rogers make the roster after solid preseason performances by both.
  • Preseason darling Zach Kerr doesn’t make the team in favor of Montori Hughes solid performances and experience. Kerr is a hot candidate to make the practice squad for depth if something happens to Chapman.
  • Cutting Cam Johnson was the hardest to do, but the outside linebacker core is solid without him. He may stay on the roster for Mathis as he serves his four-game suspension.
  • Louchiez Purifoy makes the cut after a solid preseason so far with Indy. He could be a key special teams player as he develops at cornerback.

Initial roster cuts start next Tuesday down to 75 men and narrows down further to 53 just four days after.

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