Which players would most likely be released if the Colts brought in someone new?
With the roster now capped at 53 players, the Indianapolis Colts will have to let someone go if they plan on bringing anyone new in.
On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts cut their roster down to 53 players along with the rest of the NFL. While many players were relieved to know they survived cut day and made it to the active roster, there’s still no guarantee that they make it to the end of the season with the Colts.
Unfortunately, players are always at risk of losing their job and if the Colts decide they want to bring someone else in, they’ll have to let someone go in order to accomplish that. An example of that happened on Wednesday when Indy released Tony Brown to claim Luke Tenuta off waivers.
It’s likely that the Indy will continue adding to its roster as there are still some concerning areas. So, if Indianapolis finds a player it wants to bring in, which current players on the roster are at the most risk of being cut?
Colts players on the 53-man roster bubble
If Indy gets rid of a player, the player will either be the same position as the player that Indy is acquiring, or the team will release a player from one of the deepest units on the team. Currently, the two deepest groups for the Colts are the defensive line and defensive back.
Both groups have young guys that have earned a spot throughout camp but are still at risk of being cut if Indy needs room. The three guys who are at risk the most are probably Ifeadi Odenigbo, Trevor Denbow, and Dallis Flowers.
Odenigbo is a veteran defensive lineman that made Indy’s initial roster as a third-string defensive end. While he made plays throughout the preseason, Indy’s depth on the defensive line will make him one of the more likely candidates to be released.
The same goes for Denbow and Flowers. Both guys are undrafted rookies and are likely expendable for the Colts considering their deep secondary. It also doesn’t help that Denbow was reportedly in a boot during Wednesday’s practice. If he has a significant injury, he’s at even more risk of being released.
While 53 players have survived camp and made it to the 53-man roster, many of them must continue to fight for their NFL careers every day. For a lot of the players on the roster, they are one Indianapolis move away from not being on the roster.