The Indianapolis Colts coaching staff have one more game to evaluate all 75 players on their roster, then have to go back to the drawing board and turn that roster into the final 53 man roster. I do not envy any man in that room that will have to make that call as player’s jobs are at stake here.
After the Cincinnati Bengals game this weekend, the Colts will have less than two days to turn around and cut 22 players. That is 22 men who have worked their entire lives to come this far, only to fall short of making a roster. Some of them might land on a practice squad, or wind up on another team, but for some, it means their dream has come to an end.
One good news is that the Colts will be able to have 10 practice squad players that will be eligible for the season, meaning the roster will be almost like a 63 man roster.
The Colts will need depth at the offensive line, and in the secondary, and two undrafted free agents have impressed coaches so far, and might be some of the last players left on the roster. Jonotthan Harrison, a center for Florida, has stepped in with the first unit since the injury to Khaled Holmes, and has performed well. Even if he does not start this season, he can provide quality depth at guard and center, something the Colts need,
Loucheiz Purifoy, has already established himself as a solid special teams player. And with Greg Tolar having a history with injuries, Purifoy has the ability to step in at a nickel spot and play some coverage corner. With time, he has the chance to become a number two corner for the Colts.
Finding undrafted free agents that can make your roster is almost an art, and there has been no better team over the last decade better than the Colts. Finding them, will make the last roster cuts even that more difficult, as some will be able to latch onto another team.