The Indianapolis Colts now have an extra roster spot to fill with a talented player, thanks to the sudden retirement of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. On the other hand, the Colts will now be forced to trudge forward under the direction of primary backup-turned-starter under center Jacoby Brissett in the absence of Luck, who would certainly make just about any team in the league better.
Nonetheless, the Colts only have one preseason game remaining on the slate, an upcoming matchup against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, while the typically dangerous AFC South franchise still has more than a few decisions to make. The Colts will need to cut the team's current roster down from 90 players to just 53 with Week 1 of the 2019-20 regular season looming large as September approaches.
Aca'Cedric Ware, RB/Marquis Young, RB
The Indianapolis Colts will have one of the more interesting rushing attacks in the league this season as this unit has a chance to be quite good for the AFC South franchise. With a veteran in Marlon Mack leading the way as the team's starter, the Colts currently have a slew of other rusher slated behind him on the most current depth chart.
As a result, the tandem of Aca'Cedric Ware and Marquis Young could be off the roster sooner rather than later. Because this position gets pretty clear-cut pretty quickly, Ware and Young do not have a promising shot at making the team's final 53-man roster.
Mack, Nyheim Hines, Charcandrick West, Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams all ahead of this duo on the depth chart. Not only do Ware and Young need to be concerned, but so do West and Williams so it seems. It is also worth noting that Mack, Hines and Wilkins made up the Colts running back contingent last season as these three can once again form this group in 2019-20.
Isaiah Langley, CB/Shakial Taylor, CB/Marvell Tell III, CB
The Indianapolis Colts not only find themselves in rough shape on offense due to the departure of the aforementioned Adnrew Luck, but also in the defensive secondary. While the team's troubles in the defensive backfield are not nearly as severe as the trouble being experienced under center, Colts cornerback Kenny Moore was recently diagnosed with a broken thumb. Although he will likely be back for Week 1, it remains to be seen as to whether or not Moore is truly at full strength by the time that the regular season rolls along.
Not only that, but the Colts also have Jalen Collins, Pierre Desir, Nate Hairston, Chris Milton, Quincy Wilson and Rock Ya-Sin, a rookie out of Temple who was selected by the AFC South franchise in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, at cornerback. Due to this depth, the trio of Isaiah Langley, Shakial Taylor and Marvell Tell III are in serious trouble come roster cuts time.
Cole Hedlund, K
While this “position battle” was more of a formality, there is just no way that place kicker Cole Hedlund outlasts the 46-year-old Adam Vinatieri when all is said and done. While this comes as absolutely no surprise, the 24-year NFL veteran in Vinatieri has already been selected as a captain for the 2019-20 Indianapolis Colts as well — just in case his legacy needed further cementing.
Hedlund is only 24 years old and can certainly latch on elsewhere around the league, if not quickly becoming a practice squad player. Hedlund played his collegiate football at North Texas and is only a rookie in terms of his status as a NFL place kicker.