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INDIANAPOLIS – We are one step closer to the NFL regular season starting, with roster cuts occurring Saturday afternoon.
Here was the initial 53-man roster for the Colts, after the cut down from 90 players on Saturday.
Since then, the Colts have added three players.
The Colts first made two waiver claims on Sunday with the additions of DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad and S-Corey Moore.
Muhammad (6-4 and 250 pounds) comes over from the Saints, after playing 4 games for New Orleans in 2017. A 2016 sixth-round pick from Miami, Muhammad will be a right defensive end with the Colts. He had 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in 25 career games at Miami. To make room for Muhammad, the Colts cut Delaire, who had a very productive preseason after joining the team on Aug. 11.
Moore (6-2 and 200 pounds) was cut by the Texans on Saturday. The big safety had played with the Texans for 3 seasons, seeing action in 31 games (11 starts). The Colts now have 5 safeties on their roster, giving some insurance for a group that is getting Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers back to full health. In letting go Pipkins, the Colts now have 5 cornerbacks. Pipkins was acquired by the team last week in a trade for LB-Antonio Morrison.
Another roster move the Colts made on Monday was officially placing rookie DL-Tyquan Lewis (toe) on injured reserve. Lewis could return in the second half of the season as one of the two ‘IR to return’ players. In place of Lewis, the Colts added tight end/h-back Ryan Hewitt, who comes over after 4 seasons in Cincinnati. Hewitt (6-4 and 255 pounds) has played in 60 games (37 starts) with the Bengals, with his strength being as a blocker.
So with those 3 moves since the 53-man roster was first cut down, here’s an updated look at the Colts roster:
Quarterbacks (2): Jacoby Brissett, Andrew Luck
Running Backs (4): Nyheim Hines, Marlon Mack, Christine Michael, Jordan Wilkins
Wide Receiver (5): Ryan Grant, T.Y. Hilton, Marcus Johnson, Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers
Tight Ends (4): Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron, Ryan Hewitt, Erik Swoope
Offensive Linemen (10): T-Anthony Castonzo, T-Le’Raven Clark, G-Mark Glowinski, T-Denzelle Good, T/G/C-Joe Haeg, C-Ryan Kelly, G-Quenton Nelson, G-Matt Slauson, G/T-Braden Smith, T-J’Marcus Webb
Defensive Linemen (9): DT/DE-Denico Autry, DE-Tarell Basham, DT/DE-Margus Hunt, DE-Al-Quadin Muhammad, DT-Hassan Ridgeway, DE-Jabaal Sheard, DT-Grover Stewart, DE-Kemoko Turay, DT-Al Woods
Linebackers (6): Matthew Adams, Zaire Franklin, Najee Goode, Darius Leonard, Skai Moore, Anthony Walker
Cornerbacks (5): Pierre Desir, Nate Hairston, Chris Milton, Kenny Moore, Quincy Wilson
Safeties (5): Matthias Farley, Clayton Geathers, Malik Hooker, Corey Moore, George Odum
Specialists (3): LS-Luke Rhodes, P-Rigoberto Sanchez, K-Adam Vinatieri
Some other roster tidbits:
-You have 11 rookies (9 draft picks and 2 undrafted free agents). The draft picks that didn’t make the 53-man roster are WR-Reece Fountain (practice squad) and WR-Deon Cain (injured reserve). The two undrafted free agents are LB-Skai Moore and S-George Odum
-After roster cuts, the Colts have 8 of their 38 draft picks remaining from 2012-16:
-’12: Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton
-’15: Clayton Geathers, Denzelle Good
-’16: Ryan Kelly, Le’Raven Clark, Hassan Ridgeway, Joe Haeg
-Of the 53 players on the roster, just 16 are left from before Chris Ballard was hired in January 2017.
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