Indianapolis Colts Release 7 Players After NFL Draft

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Running back Matt Jones
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Running back Matt Jones /

After filling some major holes on the roster in the NFL Draft, the Colts have decided to cut seven players from the team.

The Colts had a clear plan heading into the draft with some definite weaknesses to address.

General manager Chris Ballard drafted three linebackers, two guards, two defensive ends, two running backs, and two wide receivers last weekend.

With these draft picks coming in, the Colts had to make room for their new additions by cutting some players.

Here are the seven players Chris Ballard released on Tuesday:

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  • Running Back Matt Jones
  • Linebacker Jermaine Grace
  • Wide Receiver Justice Liggins
  • Nose Tackle Joey Mbu
  • Defensive End Arthur Miley
  • Linebacker Darrell Sankey

Defensive tackle Johnathan Calvin was “waived/injured”, which means he will stay on the Colts’ injured reserve list if he is not picked up by another team.

The Colts didn’t have much use for Matt Jones after Ballard drafted Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins to add some depth at running back.

Cutting Jermaine Grace and Darrell Sankey clears the way for the Colts’ crop of rookie linebackers to get some reps in the offseason and earn some playing time once September rolls around.

Justice Liggins was probably going to get beat out by rookie wide receivers Daurice Fountain and Deon Cain, who provide much more upside on the roster.

And new defensive ends Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis replace the recently released Arthur Miley.

Chris Ballard continued his transformation of the Colts’ roster with a pretty strong draft class, and he has now opened up some roster spots for his new rookies.

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