Colts 90-Man Roster Going Into Offseason Program
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a roster that will add quite a few names in two weeks.
The Colts currently have 73 players on their roster (including a few restricted free agents), with the maximum number of 90 allowed until the preseason ends.
With 9 draft picks coming in two weeks, the Colts have room for 8 other roster spots. In past years, they’ve typically signed more than 10 undrafted free agents, and then made various roster moves after the draft to keep their roster at the mandated number of 90.
Below is a breakdown of the current roster, with the second number in parenthesis indicating how many players at that position the Colts kept after their final roster cuts last September:
Quarterbacks (3/2): Jacoby Brissett, Andrew Luck, Phillip Walker
Bowen’s Analysis: This trio returns in 2019 with Walker bouncing on and off the practice squad about 267 times last fall (I think).
Running Backs (4/4): Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Williams
Bowen’s Analysis: Chris Ballard likes this quartet and often groups Williams into the main three names. Williams was a healthy scratch for virtually his entire time with the Colts last year.
Wide Receiver (11/5): Deon Cain, Reece Fountain, Devin Funchess, T.Y. Hilton, Krishawn Hogan, Steve Ishmael, Marcus Johnson (exclusive rights free agent), Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers (restricted free agent), Jordan Veasy, James Wright
Bowen’s Analysis: Gone from this group are Ryan Grant and Dontrelle Inman from last year. A lot of young names remain, with the Colts particularly intrigued by several of them.
Tight Ends (6/3): Mo Alie-Cox, Billy Brown, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Gabe Holmes, Ross Travis
Bowen’s Analysis: Once again, the tight end bunch is probably the deepest group on this roster, although Doyle and Ebron are in the final years of their respective contracts.
Offensive Linemen (13/10): C/G-Josh Andrews, C/G-Evan Boehm (restricted free agent), T-Anthony Castonzo, G/T-Le’Raven Clark, T-Antonio Garcia, OG-Mark Glowinski, T/G-Joe Haeg, C-Ryan Kelly, G-Quenton Nelson, G-William Poehls, G/T-Braden Smith, T-J'Marcus Webb T-De’Ondre Wesley
Bowen’s Analysis: Only Matt Slauson (retired) is gone from this group. The Colts return some key depth pieces from last year to go with their starting five returning up front.
Defensive Linemen (13/10): DT/DE-Denico Autry, DT/DE-Margus Hunt, DE-Justin Houston, DT/DE-Tyquan Lewis, Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE-Carroll Phillips, DT-Hassan Ridgeway, DE-Jabaal Sheard, DT-Grover Stewart, DE-Kemoko Turay, DT-Jihad Ward, DT-DeShawn Williams, DE-Anthony Wimbush
Bowen’s Analysis: The quality depth of this group has grown significantly since Chris Ballard took over in January 2017. Veteran nose tackle Al Woods remains a free agent.
Linebackers (6/6): Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin, Darius Leonard, Skai Moore, Ahmad Thomas, Anthony Walker
Bowen’s Analysis: Certainly, the Colts will add some linebackers in the coming weeks. Veteran Najee Goode, who played in all 16 games last season, is also still a free agent.
Cornerbacks (7/6): Jalen Collins, Pierre Desir, Nate Hairston, D.J. Killings, Chris Milton, Kenny Moore, Quincy Wilson
Bowen’s Analysis: A lot of youth remains in this group, even after the Colts re-signed Pierre Desir. There are some very curious names to watch in 2019 at corner (i.e. Jalen Collins and Quincy Wilson).
Safeties (7/4): Matthias Farley (restricted free agent), Clayton Geathers, Malik Hooker, Isaiah Johnson, Derrick Kindred, Roland Milligan, George Odum
Bowen’s Analysis: Veterans Mike Mitchell and J.J. Wilcox are no longer around at the safety position. This group will receive some injury insurance in the coming weeks.
Specialists (3/3): LS-Luke Rhodes, P-Rigoberto Sanchez, K-Adam Vinatieri
Bowen’s Analysis: This group returns in-tact for a third straight season.