While most of the team's roster cuts this weekend weren't surprises, there were a few players that were let go that may have raised some eyebrows.
Kenton Keith was a solid contributor for the Colts in 2007, rushing for 533 yards as Joseph Addai's backup and leading the team in yards per carry.
But an offseason arrest, coupled with Keith's shortcomings in the passing game and a solid preseason by sixth-round draft pick Mike Hart — who impressed fans and coaches alike with his tough running, grasp of the offense and blocking — made the former CFL star expendable.
Courtney Roby's solid preseason earned him a roster spot
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Likewise, WR Devin Aromashadu and DE Jeff Charleston both were deemed expendable despite their contributions to the 2007 team. Aromashadu was pressed into action after injuries to Marvin Harrison, Roy Hall and Anthony Gonzalez, but the healthy return of those three players, along with the emergence of sixth-round draft pick Pierre Garcon and Titans castoff Courtney Roby, ended Aromashadu's Colts career. Aromashadu was able to catch on with the Washington Redskins practice squad Monday, however, extending his NFL career and reuniting him with his college quarterback, Jason Campbell.
Roby ended up winning the job as the team's kickoff return specialist after T.J. Rushing was lost for the season with an injury, which is what probably sealed Aromashadu's fate. Garcon should also get some opportunities in the return game.
Charleston started three games for the Colts last season and looked solid for much of the preseason, but fourth-round draft pick Marcus Howard, undrafted free agent Curtis Johnson and veteran Josh Thomas got the nod from the Colts front office instead.
The only other released player that got significant playing time last season was OT Michael Toudouze, who saw spot duty on the offensive line last season.
Turning the discussion to new players that made the team, there were not a ton of surprises, as all nine of the team's draft choice made the team. The only one that was really on the bubble was TE Tom Santi, who missed most of the preseason recovering from a knee injury and played in just one preseason game.
Santi, however, wasn't likely to clear waivers to be able to be signed to the practice squad, and rather than risk losing him before they saw what he could do, the Colts decided to keep him around as he continues to recover. He'll start the season as the backup H-back behind Gijon Robinson and the fourth-string tight end.
Jordan Senn made the roster as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State
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Silva, like Hart, didn't have great measurables coming into the preseason, but he impressed the coaches with his ability to make plays and find the ball. Senn simply tackled everything in sight, leading the team in tackles in the preseason. As previously noted, Johnson was able to beat out Charleston, and Foster won a battle against Colin Ferrell, Dan Davis and Joe Bradley for the final spot at defensive tackle.
Silva, however, was released Sunday night as the team added linebacker Buster Davis to the team. Davis was released by Detroit earlier this weekend. Look for a scouting report on this linebacker later this week at ColtPower.
The team kept 10 offensive linemen, but will likely only have seven available for the season opener, as OG Ryan Lilja will begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, C Jeff Saturday will miss several weeks with a knee injury and OG Mike Pollak, the team's top draft choice, will likely miss the season opener with a knee injury.
That leaves some lingering questions of depth and experience along the offensive front, but the Colts have invested heavily in that area in the last two drafts and seem to have faith in their efforts in that area. It will certainly be a unit to watch as the season begins, as they will be protecting Peyton Manning, who is coming off a knee injury himself.
The Colts haven't announced their entire practice squad yet, although Sam Guiguire has reportedly signed and the team is probably hoping to bring Silva back as a member of the practice team as well.
Indianapolis also released linebacker Ramon Guzman to sign another defensive tackle, Daniel Muir. Muir was released by the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Look for a scouting report this week on the Colts' new defensive player.
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