The Indianapolis Colts announced a few weeks ago that they’ll be returning to Grand Sport for training camp this summer for the first time since 2019.
Even better? Though autographs won’t be permitted, fans will be allowed to attend with no capacity restrictions, which should make for some interesting content.
In any event, there will be no shortage of storylines for fans to keep an eye on once camp gets underway. After all, the Colts have an incredibly deep roster, which means that some players (deserving or not) will face the unfortunate reality of being cut by the team.
For some players, that means being demoted to the practice squad. For others, it means potentially getting released from the roster altogether. With training camp just a couple weeks away, here are three unexpected players who could find themselves on the bubble.
These three Colts players could be on the training camp bubble.
3. Dezmon Patmon
It’s currently unclear how many receivers the Colts will carry on their 53-man roster. What’s abundantly clear, however, is that the top four spots on the wideout depth chart will be comprised of TY Hilton, Parris Campbell, Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal, who form one of the deepest units in the NFL.
Which players make up the 5-8 spots is up for debate. We’d like to think DeMichael Harris, who showed versatility as a runner and pass catcher in limited opportunities last season, has a good chance of making the team out of training camp.
That leaves Dezmon Patmon, Michael Strachan, and Ashton Dulin, each of whom have been raved about to some extent by the coaching staff this offseason, as potential cut candidates.
Dezmon Patmon might have a tough time making the Colts 53-man roster.
Since it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Strachan and Dulin started the year stashed on the practice squad, Patmon gets the nod here. The Colts used a sixth-round pick on Patmon last year, and he unsurprisingly went on to play just two snaps as a rookie.
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds (!), Patmon has physical tools the Colts’ receiving corps currently lacks, so it wouldn’t be smart to kick him to the curb. The 22-year-old is one of our players to watch during camp and we’d like to think he’ll end up making the final roster.
However, he’s the biggest name outside the Colts’ top four studs that has at least a realistic chance of being on the training camp bubble.