Colts News Roundup: Cuts and Trades

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 25: Jeff Locke
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 25: Jeff Locke /

The end of the preseason means NFL teams will be busy shaking up their rosters, and the Colts have already made a couple of moves this week.

This year the NFL has decided to leave all preseason roster cuts until after Week 4 of the preseason, which allows teams to keep a full 90-man roster for the last preseason game where the starters rarely play.


These expanded rosters have inspired more trading, and the Colts’ front office made a relatively minor trade this week sending rookie long snapper Thomas Hennessy to the Jets for safety Ronald Martin.

The Colts don’t have an immediate replacement option at long snapper, but it’s easier to find them off the street than a legitimate defensive back like Ronald Martin.

Martin has played in 11 games over two seasons with the Jets, and will add some depth to a secondary that has been ravaged with injuries.

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The battle for the starting punter position was wide open this offseason after the retirement of one of the league’s best in Pat McAfee.

The Colts signed former Vikings punter Jeff Locke this offseason, and also brought in undrafted rookie Rigoberto Sanchez to compete for the job in training camp.

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We predicted that Sanchez would win the job in part because of his versatility as both a punter and a place-kicker where he 13/13 field goals in his final season at Hawaii.

It looks like Sanchez has impressed the coaching staff enough to win the job this preseason as the Colts announced they released Jeff Locke this week.