The Indianapolis Colts submitted their 53-man roster with time to spare before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. EST deadline.
For the most part, there weren’t any big surprises. The release of Shawn Davis got a little backlash given he was just drafted in the fifth round. The same can be said after Joey Hunt was cut, but the both of them were re-signed to the practice squad.
All in all, those moves weren’t earth-shattering.
Speaking of the practice squad, however, that portion of the roster madness is actually what fans are up in arms about after the Colts cut camp standout Andre Chachere and 2019 fifth-round selection Marvell Tell.
Ironically enough, fans aren’t the only ones who didn’t appreciate that Indy released the two promising defensive backs.
After the moves were confirmed, corner Kenny Moore and safety Julian Blackmon took to Twitter to seemingly convey their thoughts.
Kenny Moore and Julian Blackmon seemingly don’t approve of the Colts’ latest roster moves.
It always seemed like the Colts were going to have to choose between Chachere and Tell for one of the final spots in the secondary. However, we never pictured a scenario in which both players would be released, and Moore’s and Blackmon’s tweets indicate they feel the same way.
While there’s no way to confirm their posts were about the Colts’ roster moves, it’s easy to see why they would be disgruntled that Chachere was cut. The former undrafted free agent was one of Indy’s best players during training camp and had a large population of fans clamoring for him to make the team.
Chachere’s release came as a shock to everyone, and it unfortunately happened to clear a roster spot for the Colts’ waiver wire additions.
There was initial excitement surrounding the signing of Thakarius “Bopete” Keyes, who was a hot commodity on the waiver wire, but it was swiftly vaporized after news broke that Indianapolis cut Chachere to make room for his arrival.
If you think Moore’s and Blackmon’s tweet are merely a coincidence, think again, because Darius Leonard just joined in on Twitter.
That’s not a good sign.
While feathers were bound to be ruffled given how many players the Colts had to cut to get to 53, Chachere’s release is hitting his now-former teammates a lot harder considering he fully deserved to make the team. Even worse? Chachere was cut to make room for two players who couldn’t even make their own teams!
Let’s hope Frank Reich takes note of these tweets and schedules a team meeting to address the Colts’ latest roster moves, because the last thing Indy needs is some of its defensive stars causing a firestorm on social media.