Projecting the Colts initial 53-man roster for the 2023 NFL season

Now that the preseason is over, here’s a projection of what the Indianapolis Colts 53-man roster will look like by Tuesday, the NFL’s cut day.
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Linebacker (6)

Roster Locks: Shaq Leonard, Zaire Franklin, EJ Speed, Grant Stuard, JoJo Domann, Segun Olubi
Practice Squad: Cameron McGrone, Donovan Mutin
Cuts: Liam Anderson

No big surprises here, as this has been the staple throughout camp and the offseason. McGrone, Olubi and Domann will battle into the end of the offseason for the final two spots. Olubi has been solid in game action and Domann has familiarity with Gus Bradley’s system and is a great special teams’ player. Expect the Colts to have linebackers on the practice squad all year with Leonard’s injury history.

Cornerback (6)

Roster Locks: Dallis Flowers, Kenny Moore II, Darrell Baker Jr., JuJu Brents, Darius Rush, Jaylon Jones
Practice Squad: Issac Taylor-Stuart, Tony Brown
Cuts: Kevin Tolliver, Chris Lammons

A difficult decision for the coaching staff to make this season. Jaylon Jones has had, arguably, the best preseason of the draft class so far in the cornerback room. While Tony Brown is used more for his special team expertise, they will reward Jones and his strong play with a roster spot. With Jones learning to play the special team’s role that Dulin covered, it puts him over Brown for the final spot.