INDIANAPOLIS – With the Colts regular season opener nine days away, the staff is busy trying to find the right 53 players to take into the month of September.
Chuck Pagano held a conference call on Friday to discuss what this time is like before cuts are due Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Here are a few headlines from Pagano’s conference call on Friday evening:
Chuck Pagano on if the team will make cuts on Friday
“We are still discussing and meeting on that right now so I don’t anticipate anything in the next few hours or so. I think we are still working through that stuff right now.”
Bowen’s Analysis: While the Colts haven’t released any names of players cut, news is breaking all across the NFL of other teams starting to make cuts. Last year, the Colts were one of the final teams to make their roster moves public, waiting close to the 4:00 p.m. EST deadline on Saturday.
Many people believe the Colts will be active on the waiver wire following the cut to 53 but they will have to be patient. Due to their 11-5 record last season, the Colts are 26th in the pecking order for waiver claims. Just a reminder that teams can assemble their 10-man practice squads (up from eight last year) beginning on Sunday.
Chuck Pagano on if
“I don’t believe so. He’s working with the trainers right now. They’ve had him on the grass some. I don’t anticipate him doing anything other than work with our medical staff on Sunday and Monday. Kind of keeping our fingers crossed, and hopefully that he will be out there and be ready to get some snaps Wednesday. That’s the goal.”
Bowen’s Analysis: We have our first major name to watch at a Wednesday practice this year in Khaled Holmes. Wednesday is the first true practice of game week for most NFL teams so having Holmes out there then would be vital from a preparation standpoint.
If Holmes can’t go in the opener, that puts the Colts in a dilemma on what to do at the center position.
Chuck Pagano on the play of cornerbacks
“They’ve played well and you know how hard it is to find cover corners and guys that have those traits you are looking for at that position, especially to do what we ask them to do, down after down, playing our style on defense.”
“Both those guys have done well, have had good camps, have had good offseasons, good Training Camps, played well in the preseason. Certainly made a case for themselves and they did a nice job.”
Bowen’s Analysis: Both Burley and Purifoy are the hot names at the cornerback spot. The question now becomes if the Colts will carry five or six cornerbacks (the thinking with six is that would make room for both Burley and Purifoy).
Whoever rounds out that cornerback spot will have to impact the game on special teams. Purifoy did have a fumble on a punt return in Cincinnati but his cover skills are very impressive. Burley has shown he can play special teams, too, and has made more than his fair share of plays from a coverage standpoint.