The Colts preseason slate is now officially in the books and the cuts to 53 will now be the talk over the next 36 hours. Today’s news looks back at the Colts preseason finale and the play of quarterback Chandler Harnish.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, August 30th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
For one final audition to impress the Colts coaches, some players left the field on Thursday night wanting a little more on their resume.
A few did, but many others failed in that regard. The Colts’ backups were outplayed, out-gained and out-muscled at times in the 27-10 loss to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Rather than make coaches’ decisions more difficult ahead of Saturday’s deadline to trim rosters to the regular-season limit of 53, coach Chuck Pagano and his staff instead will have to sift through a fair share shortcomings.
“Credit Cincinnati,” Pagano said. “They did a heck of a job. In all three phases (the Bengals) played much better football tonight than we played. We just really couldn’t get anything started.”
By: Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel
Chandler Harnish got the playing time he expected on Thursday night and now he will wait anxiously after a performance he would like to have back.
The final preseason game, Harnish’s most extensive playing time, was far from smooth.
It ended relatively well, as he directed a 16-play, 82-yard scoring drive – hitting Dominique Jones for a seven-yard touchdown. But it was pretty much a nightmare before that.
“That’s the game of football,” he said. “You have to be mentally tough to be able to bounce back. The players that stick in this league are the ones that can bounce back, next-play mentality, and that’s what I’m working on.”
A year ago, Colts coaches kept him on the opening-day roster as the third quarterback. He later went to the practice squad. The Colts have until 6 p.m. Saturday to finalize their 53-man roster
Harnish is waiting again.
“I’ll talk to my closest friends and family, but social media, I’ll stay away from,” he said. “You have to keep a positive mindset. …You don’t want to drive yourself crazy. You want to continue your normal routine.”
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