5 Colts players who won’t make the 53-man roster in 2024

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This offseason has been all about the belief in this current Indianapolis Colts roster.

Free agency has seen the Colts do more in keeping their own guys than making splashes by bringing other free agents into Indianapolis. This is a roster that's built around the faith they have in quarterback Anthony Richardson and they've backed that notion up with their actions.

After the first wave of free agency has settled, let's look at some players who might have a hard time making this team when all is said and done, especially after what Indy does in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Tyrie Cleveland, WR

Indy has a handful of wide receivers, but only one true weapon at the position. Will Alec Pierce or Josh Downs step up and become a WR2 this year? Regardless, it's safe to say the Colts will probably add another playmaker in the draft. That will make it difficult on bottom-of-the-roster guys like former seventh-round pick Tyrie Cleveland to make the cut this fall. You could argue he's either last or second-to-last on the depth chart, at the moment.

Eric Tomlinson, TE

The tight end position is an area where the Colts need to finally figure something out. Is the real TE1 on the roster? Can Anthony Richardson use a guy like Jelani Woods as his go-to weapon at that spot? I have a hunch the Colts are going to add more talent, here, in the draft. And, that's going to delete a roster spot when it's all said and done. Currently, Eric Tomlinson is last on the depth chart. The 8-year veteran did not play last year and is as good as gone, come September.

Zavier Scott, RB

I'm not even so sure that Tyler Goodson or Trey Sermon make the roster, at this point. The running back position is still a position the Colts could upgrade in a major way. It sounds funny saying that, but behind Jonathan Taylor, there is little to nothing proven. So, for Zavier Scott to be last on the depth chart doesn't bode well for him going forward. As an undrafted free agent out of Maine last year, Scott dealt with injury and was also a member of the practice squad.

Marcel Dabo, S

The safety position is another spot where fans would like to see the Colts address it through the draft. We still don't know what that starting duo looks like. It isn't a sure thing. Is it going to be Nick Cross and Rodney Thomas? Hopefully Indy can make an upgrade, which would automatically mean a guy like Marcel Dabo would have a very slim chance of sticking around past the summer months.

Isaiah Land, DE

Indianapolis also needs to add another edge rusher, potentially. They've been a strong unit, as a whole, in terms of sacks. but, they still don't have that true force off the edge. It's been a total team effort in this category, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But, if the Colts add an edge rusher earlier rather than later in the draft, that spells trouble for 2023 undrafted free agent Isaiah Land, who played just seven percent of defensive snaps last season.