4 Colts tumbling down depth charts during the preseason
By Jerry Trotta
The Indianapolis Colts won their first of three preseason games in comeback fashion, as they outscored the Panthers 11-3 in the fourth quarter, which included a game-winning 30-yard field goal from Eddy Piñeiro with seven seconds remaining.
There was a lot for fans to feel good about in the preseason. For starters (get it?), both Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger performed like they could step in and handle Week 1 duties against Seattle if Carson Wentz isn’t recovered in time.
We also liked what we saw from seventh-round receiver Mike Strachan, who’s making a strong case to be included on the 53-man roster.
Like any preseason opener, however, there was also a lot to not feel so good about, so let’s highlight some players who are falling down the depth chart, encompassing the full breadth of their recent practice work.
These 4 Colts players didn’t show up against the Panthers, and are sinking down the depth chart.
4. Isaiah Rodgers
The Colts’ special teams unit was solid for the game, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the muffed punt from Isaiah Rodgers.
It’s one thing to botch a punt at midfield when your offense could’ve been gifted great field position, but Rodgers’ error came at the opposite end of the field. That simply can’t happen, as it presented Carolina with a short field after they recovered.
Colts’ Isaiah Rodgers won’t be returning punts anytime soon.
While Nyheim Hines is Indy’s primary punt returner, Rodgers might’ve squandered his only chance to solidify himself as the backup.
It’s worth noting that Rodgers is the Colts’ top kick returner, but could the coaching staff have second thoughts about that after his costly mistake?
It’s too early to say, but Rodgers is lucky he’s a cornerback by trade, because an error like this surely would’ve cost him a roster spot as a return specialist.