Indianapolis Colts finalize first round of roster cuts down to 85
By Daniel Davis
The Indianapolis Colts just got their roster down to 85 players. Here are the five players who didn’t make the cut.
The NFL required each team’s roster to be winnowed down to 85 players this on their way to the 53-man roster for the start of the season.
On Monday, the Colts hit that requirement, waiving four players, releasing one, and placing one on injured reserve.
Here are the players who were involved in the transactions.
Tight End Graham Adomitis:
The former Princeton tight end practiced with the Colts and appeared in rookie camp but wasn’t officially signed. Adomitis appeared in 37 career games and made the All-Ivy team in 2019. He compiled 37 catches for 288 yards and caught six touchdowns in four years at Princeton. Adomitis is a freak athlete boasting a 6-4, 255-pound frame. Considering the Colts are deep at the tight end position, it was always going to be hard for him to make the team with Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle as the primary tight ends. If Adomitis passes waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent who is able to sign with any team.
Running Back Darius Anderson:
The former TCU player signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent after Marlon Mack was injured last season to provide depth to the running back room. Anderson spent time on the active roster, but never saw any game action last season as the Colts went to the Wild Card round.
Anderson participated in training camp last season, so the team was familiar with him leading up to his signing. Anderson was always going to have an uphill battle making the team, as the Colts have one of the best running back rooms in the NFL with four legitimate starting running backs with Jordan Wilkins, Jonathan Taylor, Nyhiem Hines, and Mack, now returning from that ACL tear. Anderson, who earned All Big-12 honors twice, was waived and can sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent if he passes waivers.
Defensive End Damontre Moore:
Moore was placed on injured reserve by the Colts. He was signed by the team in late July, providing depth to a position of need.
Moore has played for multiple teams before landing in Indianapolis, including the Giants, Dolphins, Raiders, Cowboys, 49ers, and Seahawks. Moore suffered a fractured forearm that will require surgery to repair. It is unclear if he will return this season, but we can only hope that this injury will not prevent him from playing.
Wide Receiver Quartney Davis:
Davis was waived with an injury designation after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason opener against the Panthers. Davis was signed with the Colts in January to a future contract after participating with the Vikings in their 2020 offseason program.
Davis played 32 games at Texas A&M, catching 99 passes for just over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns. If he passes waivers, he can sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent.
Cornerback Nick Nelson:
Nelson has had an injury-plagued first two years, as he was waived by the Raiders last season for the same reason. Nelson was waived with an injury designation after suffering an undisclosed injury in the team’s first preseason game.
Nelson was drafted in the fourth round by the Raiders in 2018 and only played 12 games in his first two seasons. Nelson played his college ball at Hawaii and Wisconsin. If he passes waivers, the DB can sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent.
Neither of these five players was a major threat to reach the roster, but one can only hope the released players can land on a team that needs their services, and Colts fans are wishing the best for these players.