Colts Roster Analysis: Three More Released

ColtPower had already reported that LB Keyon Whiteside, QB David Koral, and OL Makoa Freitas had been released. The Colts made that official Monday night and announced three more cuts. Here's the most likely reasons for those selections.

Last week, in one of my Insiders reports I projected that the team would have to release approximately six players to make room for their draft pick signings.

The next day, ColtPower broke the news on offensive lineman Makoa Freitas' release, which I've since learned included an injury settlement. I had projected that the Colts would put him on their PUP list in hopes that he would still be available for action this year, but perhaps they didn't feel that was likely to happen.

Earlier today, ColtPower broke the news that one of the other players projected as a possible cut, quarterback David Koral, had been released along with linebacker Keyon Whiteside.

That meant that at least three more cuts were likely. The Colts made the news of the above cuts official Monday night, and also confirmed that they were releasing three more players.

Wide receiver and returns specialist Jamie Goodwin out of Northern Iowa was amongst the cuts. ColtPower's scouting expert, Jerry Langton, noted that Goodwin "did a great job stretching the field as a receiver and burning corners on post and streak routes," but he also said that his skills were a bit raw in his Insiders Scouting Report on Goodwin back in June.

Another speedy receiver and returns man, Gerran Walker out of Lehigh University, was also released. His departure is a bit more surprising as Jerry had noted his "Olympic-quality speed" and a 4.35-forty time. But in his Insiders Scouting Report on Walker that he filed back in May, he said, "he doesn't have the sort of agility and start-and-stop you look for in a waterbug-type returner/receiver."

Perhaps the most surprising cut was Arizona State linebacker Dale Robinson. His stock continues to drop as he was projected by some to be a third or fourth round draft pick, who the Colts ended up signing as an undrafted free agent. And now the "Manimal" as he was nicknamed, is one of the first cuts of the Colts training camp.

Jerry had this warning for Colts fans back in May as he put together his Insiders Scouting Report on Robinson, "Historically those guys who are drafted later (or not all) than the media expects are bigger gambles than those labeled 'reaches.'" He also mentioned that, "While his stats say first day, his measurables scream undrafted. Small and slow isn't what scouts are looking for."

The Colts also announced that CB Eric Hill, CB Tim Jennings, S Bob Sanders and DE Jonathan Welsh have all been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List. They still count on the team's active roster against the maximum of 80 allowed during the offseason.

So where does that leave the Colts at this point?

Based on my calculations, they were at 79 last week before the picks were signed and these other moves occurred. They added six draft picks and quarterback Mike McGann since my last checkpoint. That puts them up to 86. They released six players , so they're back down to 80 by my math. That means that when they sign Freddie Keiaho, their third-round pick, they'll have to release another player.

As far as the returns specialist field is concerned, with the departure of Goodwin and Walker, the most serious candidates remaining include seventh-round pick T.J. Rushing, WR Dan Sheldon, WR Terrence Wilkins, WR Ashlan Davis and CB Tanard Davis. You could even see RB Kory Chapman, WR Levon Thomas and S Antwan Marsh get a chance. ColtPower will be monitoring the returns specialist competition -- undoubtedly one of the hottest competitions in camp -- throughout the preseason.


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