From 90-to-75, and now to the magic number of 53, the Colts have made their final roster cuts.
Ryan Grigson and his staff’s hard work is now complete as the Colts have their 53 and will now scour every other avenue in trying to improve the 2013 roster through the season.
How was the Colts 53-man roster completed?
First, this 53-man roster will in all likelihood not be the same when the season opener comes on Sept 8.
We knew the defensive line would have some guys cut who played significant snaps last year for the Colts.
Lawrence Guy and Drake Nevis fall into that category.
Veteran defensive lineman Fili Moala cracks the 53-man roster after not playing in the preseason due to rehabbing a 2012 knee injury.
Some good news on the injury front perhaps comes at the tight end position. Dominique Jones was cut, which means the Colts currently have three tight ends.
That should bode well for the prospects of Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener playing in the regular season opener.
The value of special teams was definitely not overlooked with the team keeping gunners Sergio Brown and Joe Lefeged.
Strong preseasons from safety Delano Howell and outside linebacker Caesar Rayford earned them spots.
Again, this current roster might not necessarily look exactly the same come the regular season opener as Grigson and his staff examine the waiver wire with every NFL team having to cut 22 players this weekend.
All the Colts 2013 draft picks made the 53-man roster.
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Here is a look at the roster breakdown of the Colts 53-man roster:
Quarterbacks (2): Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck
Running Backs (4): Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams
Fullbacks (1): Stanley Havili,
Wide Receivers (5): Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton, David Reed, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen
Tight Ends (3): Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham, Coby Fleener
Offensive Line (9): Anthony Castonzo, Gosder Cherilus, Khaled Holmes, Jeff Linkenbach, Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, Donald Thomas, Hugh Thornton
Defensive Line (7): Josh Chapman, Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Montori Hughes, Ricadro Mathews, Fili Moala, Cory Redding
Linebackers (9): Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey, Robert Mathis, Caesar Rayford, Kelvin Sheppard, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner
Cornerbacks (5): Darius Butler, Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn
Safeties (5): Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown, Delano Howell, LaRon Landry, Joe Lefeged
Specialists (3): Pat McAfee, Matt Overton, Adam Vinatieri
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES
The Indianapolis Colts today waived the following players: OLB-Daniel Adongo, S-Larry Asante, C-Thomas Austin, CB-Marshay Green, DE-Lawrence Guy, QB-Chandler Harnish, FB-Robert Hughes, T-Ben Ijalana, TE-Dominique Jones, WR-Jeremy Kelley, LB-Josh McNary, DT-Drake Nevis, CB-Sheldon Price, WR-Jabin Sambrano, WR-Lanear Sampson, LB-Monte Simmons, T-Bradley Sowell, NT-Martin Tevaseu and T-Lee Ziemba.
The team also waived-injured T-Emmett Cleary, LB-Shawn Loiseau and CB-Daxton Swanson. If Cleary, Loiseau and Swanson clear waivers, they will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list.
With the moves today, the Colts have reached the league-mandated 53-man active roster.
Adongo was signed by the Colts on July 25, 2013. Prior to joining the Colts, he played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world.
Asante was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on December 31, 2012. For his career, he has totaled 12 tackles (nine solo), one interception and one forced fumble in 12 games played.
Austin was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 1, 2013. He has appeared in seven career games (one start) with the Carolina Panthers (2012) and Houston Texans (2011).
Green was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1, 2012 before being elevated to the active roster on October 29. He appeared in one game with Colts and contributed with three solo tackles.
Guy was signed by the Colts off the Green Bay Packers practice squad on October 17, 2012. Last season, he recorded 21 tackles (15 solo) and 1.0 sack in nine games played (two starts).
Harnish was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was inactive for the first five games of the regular season last year before being signed to the practice squad on October 18, 2012.
Hughes was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 5, 2013. Last year, he played in five games, totaling one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards.
Ijalana was originally selected by the Colts in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. As a rookie in 2011, he competed in four games before being placed on Injured Reserve on October 5.
Jones was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In four games (one start) last season, he caught one pass for eight yards.
Kelley was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 30, 2013. Prior to joining the Colts, he played for the Utah Blaze of the AFL and tallied 19 receptions for 231 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games played (two starts).
McNary was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 11, 2013. At Army, he totaled 195 tackles (117 solo), 49.0 tackles for loss, 28.0 sacks, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 46 games played.
Nevis was originally selected by the Colts in the third round (87th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. For his career, he has appeared in 19 games (three starts), totaling 39 tackles (17 solo), 1.0 sack and one pass defensed.
Price was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. At UCLA, he competed in 47 games (45 starts) and registered 157 tackles (123 solo), five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 21 passes defensed.
Sambrano was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 3, 2013. Last season, he competed in three preseason games with the team before being placed on Injured Reserve on August 31, 2012.
Sampson was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. At Baylor, he was a four-year starter who caught 165 passes for 1,905 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Simmons was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 23, 2012. He was then signed to a reserve/future contract on January 7, 2013.
Sowell was signed by the Colts off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on September 11, 2012. He played in 10 games last season on the offensive line and special teams.
Tevaseu was claimed off waivers by the Colts on September 1, 2012. Last year, he appeared in 13 games (two starts) and contributed with 14 tackles (nine solo).
Ziemba was signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 8, 2013. In 2011, he appeared in six games with the Carolina Panthers, seeing action primarily on special teams.
Cleary was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. At Boston College, he played in all 48 games, making 29 starts.
Loiseau was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on November 13, 2012 and was waived on April 30, 2013. He was then signed as a free agent on August 8.
Swanson was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He graduated Sam Houston State as the school’s all-time leader in interceptions with 14 and ranks second in all-time interception return yardage (228).
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