Here is a quick recap of the Indianapolis Colts preseason and also some of my thoughts on the recent cut to the 53-man roster:
Safety Delano Howell makes a case early
Howell played well during training camp heading into the preseason, and this gave him the opportunity to showcase his talents on the field, as he started in the preseason opener because of his play. He played almost the entire game and he played well. He continued to be pretty steady throughout the preseason and he rightfully earned a roster spot because of it.
Caesar Rayford, the preseason phenom
Rayford is an outside linebacker who was recently picked up from an Arena Football League team. He is a tall man at 6-foot-7, and showed a knack for getting to the quarterback this preseason. He ended with 5 sacks in the 4 week span and he truly deserves his spot on the 53-man roster.
This Colts team looks very different
This team looks much different from the one we saw last season, which had already gone through a lot of changes from the year before. From the defensive secondary pickups to the offensive line remodeling, there will be plenty of new players for Colts’ fans to watch during the 2013 season.
There were a few guys that got the axe that I thought could’ve potentially made the roster, but was not surprised by their release: S Larry Asante and TE Dominique Jones. Asante had a solid preseason and showed an ability to make some plays, but there were just too many safeties in front of him to be able to achieve a roster spot. Jones was a FB/TE combination and versatility is important in backups, especially on a team where those two positions are pretty important. However versatility didn’t seem to rule the day with Jones and he was cut.
A release I was very surprised by was DE/DT Drake Nevis. Yes, he may not fit the bill as that versatile backup but he is very talented. I understand he isn’t a perfect fit for a 3-4 scheme, he’s in more of a 4-3 mold, but he is talented and he proved himself this preseason. He played well, and for some reason the outstandingly less-than-mediocre Ricardo Mathews made the team over Nevis.
I understand Mathews is more versatile, but Nevis is GOOD at what he does, while Mathews is barely average. I would rather have someone who is talented at what they do than someone who is just alright at several things. Alas, I am not in charge of the Colts’ roster and Nevis was cut. He’ll swiftly be picked up by another team.
Ladies and gentlemen the struggle of the preseason is over, here we come real football! Go Colts!