For several Colts players, last night’s preseason finale against the Cincinnati Bengals was a final interview of sorts. It was their last chance to either make their case to make the Colts’ 53-man roster or get some good action on film so they can possibly hook on with another team. For running backs Deji Karim and Vick Ballard and wide receiver Kris Adams, the night saw them get the opportunities they were looking for and each answered the door when opportunity knocked.
Karim, whom the Colts acquired as a free agent from Jacksonville, was one of a stable of backs hoping to stick with the Colts. Last night he saw his most extensive action of the preseason, rushing 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown. Now Karim, along with a host of other Colts on the roster bubble, must wait until he finds out today whether or not he’s earned a spot on the Colts’ final roster. For his part, Karim is comfortable letting the chips fall where they may:
“There’s nothing more I can do. It’s all part of God’s plan. I just hope I’ve done enough to impress the coaches.”
Rookie Vick Ballard was similarly pleased with the effort he’s put forth this preseason. Ballard knows well that fifth round draft picks are hardly guaranteed roster spots, especially on teams with the kind of competition at his position present with the Colts.
Ballard only had one official carry last night for four yards, but had a 33 yard run where he showed his speed and elusiveness negated by a holding call. Even though he finished as the team’s leading rusher in preseason, Ballard’s not resting on any laurels just yet.
“I don’t want to fall into complacency. I’m just going to keep working and get better.”
Free agent wide receiver Kris Adams is another who is trying to make the jump from being an unknown to making an NFL roster. Adams has been one of the most impressive players in practice this preseason, but hadn’t really had many game opportunities to show his skills. That changed last night.
Adams hauled in two passes for a team high 55 yards before leaving the game after getting helmet to helmet contact attempting to catch a touchdown pass. Adams was alright afterwards and is excited about what he’s been able to do in preseason.
Adams will await word on the final roster with his family who have joined him in town.
“I’m going to get up early, enjoy my family. When I wake up, if I’m still here, I’m going to be excited. If not, it’s a journey. I just have to keep pushing.
It was nice to get some chances tonight, to get some good things on film. Hopefully I’ve impressed the coaches enough that if they can’t keep me, they can put in a good word for me.”
For these three Colts, the hard part was the effort it took to get to this point and even more hard work awaits them if they hope to advance their NFL careers. A little waiting to find out their fates isn’t phasing them very much.
Chuck Chapman is entering his second season as the editor and lead writer for Colts 101. He also covered the Cincinnati Bengals for the Sports Media 101. Chuck and his family are originally from Ohio, but have settled in Central Indiana and become big Colts fans. You can read Chuck’s other writing about the Colts at www.colts101.com.
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