The Indianapolis Colts will have some tough decisions to make in the coming days, as their roster will have to be trimmed down to the regulation 53 players before they open the season against the Seahawks.
It doesn’t help that the team has hit almost every speed bump imaginable. Injuries to All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and quarterback Carson Wentz have cast plenty of doubt over how the start of the 2021 season will unfold.
Indy hasn’t looked like the sharpest team ever during the preseason, but a victory over the Minnesota Vikings goes to show that this team is capable of pulling out wins in the clutch thanks to a deep roster.
Which members of that deep roster will make the 53-man group? Frank Reich and Chris Ballard have their work cut out for them with all the talent currently with the organization.
Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster projection
Carson Wentz, Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger
While Wentz has returned to practice and looks ready to start against Seattle, look for Indy to carry three quarterbacks on the roster for most of the season due to the injury risk associated with Wentz.
While Eason and Ehlinger have both had their moments, Eason appears to have the better NFL arm, and the rookie Ehlinger’s turnover problems in the preseason might hand the backup job to No. 9.
Expect Wentz to end up as the starter, Eason as his backup, and Ehlinger as the inactive third-stringer. While that quarterback room doesn’t sound impressive on paper, the fact that Indy has three players they can feel comfortable with under center is a great luxury they shouldn’t take for granted.