The Colts played their final preseason game tonight winning 27-26, and a lot of players were playing to keep a job on the roster. Here are my initial thoughts on how the game transpired.
There were many things to watch tonight in the Colts last preseason game, mainly who was going to keep a job. This was the last audition for players who are on the cut bubble. Here are some things that stood out above the rest.
Turnovers were a problem for the Colts. They had three on the night, two fumbles and a horrible pick thrown by Philip Walker late in the game. They have to protect the ball if they want to be a good team. Turnovers are killers for teams.
The running game showed some life. Christine Michael and Brandon Oliver both looked good, and the offensive line opened up some holes as well. Neither one of these guys will start, but Michael might see some time in the regular season, especially as a backup early on while Robert Turbin is suspended.
The defense looked bad early on, but was able to fix some things late. They continue to have the bend, don’t break mentality and held the Bengals to field goals on some drives. The starters will probably do the same thing, and have to make plays in the red zone.
Overall offensively, the backups played pretty well. Other than the turnovers, the Colts were able to move the ball down the field pretty well. Jacoby Brissett continues to show why he is such a valuable backup. Even Walker looked good, leading the Colts on a game winning drive late in the game.
With the preseason officially over now, it’s time to turn attention towards roster cuts. Once those cuts are made, the regular season is just around the corner.