Indianapolis Colts: bottom of the roster battles

Indianapolis Colts: bottom of the roster battles

It’s the pre-season, meaning it’s time for the guys at the bottom of the roster to fight it out for a place on the 53-man roster. Here we look at a few places where there are some close or interesting battles on the Indianapolis Colts team:


And then there were two. Marcus Burley and Loucheiz Purifoy are fighting for the fifth, and final, cornerback spot on the team. Burley has done a solid job in coverage and run support. Purifoy has looked good in run support and at times shown promise as a cover guy. He has also done some nice things in the return game as well.

Purifoy may just get the nod over Burley because of special teams play, but both these guys have done a fantastic job of making their case for the final cuts.

Inside linebacker:

D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman are the only men at this position whose jobs are safe. Andy Studebaker, Josh McNary, Kelvin Sheppard, Andrew Jackson and Henoc Muamba are all vying for a spot on the final roster. I expect McNary will make the team, as will the recently drafted Jackson. I really like what Muamba has done in the pre-season and am not a fan of Sheppard.

I hope that the coaching staff lets go of Sheppard, and Studebaker might be the other casualty simple due to the numbers game.

Wide receiver:

Griff Whalen and Da’Rick Rogers will be the fifth and sixth receivers on this team. Plain and simple, the Colts shouldn’t let either of these guys go. They both bring a different skill set to the field and both have proven their worth. I expect both of them to make the team.

Running back:

Boom Herron has solidified himself as the third running back on the roster, but Zurlon Tipton has looked good as well.

However, it is unlikely that the Colts will keep four running backs on the roster and Tipton will be cut. Hopefully he makes it through the waivers unclaimed and the Colts can stash him on their practice squad.


Mike Adams will more than likely be the starter opposite LaRon Landry, especially with the news of Delano Howell’s injury. If Howell doesn’t come back from his injury, Sergio Brown and Colt Anderson will most likely be the backups.

Though, I really like the undrafted free agent Dewey McDonald, I do not expect him to make the final cut, but hope he can be put on the practice squad.

The depth looks promising for this young Indianapolis Colts team moving forward, we’ll just have to wait and see who the front office decides to keep and who gets their walking papers. Go Colts!