The Colts will have to trim their roster down to 53 players by today at 4pm. They have to make some incredibly tough decisions, but it will make the roster the most competitive it has been in years.
Final cuts are always tough for a team to do. These men have poured their heart and soul into their games, and a lot of them will have their NFL dreams end. A lot of players will be cut and not get another chance to play the game that they love.
For others, it will mean a chance to play for another organization. Perhaps that organization could give them more playing time. That was the case for Matthias Farley, who was cut this week and was already picked up by the Jets, who also got Nate Hairston in a trade.
For the Colts, this year is especially hard. They already cut Krishawn Hogan this morning, and he had a pretty good camp at a very competitive wide receiver position. But wide receiver and defensive back are two of the most competitive positions on this team.
Linebacker is another position to watch for this afternoon. The Colts have plenty of talent there too. Tight end is the most intriguing position to me. Ross Travis, Hale Hengtes, and Mo Allie-Cox are on the bubble line. Allie-Cox probably will make it, but will the Colts keep four tight ends?
If they do, Hengtes should be the final pick. He has looked better than Travis in the preseason and does more things than Travis. He is a solid blocker and has better hands than expected. It will be interesting to see if he can make the team as an undrafted free agent.
We will keep you posted on the final roster cuts when they happen.