Updated 53-Man Roster: Aug. 18

With one preseason game played and training camp winding down, Bill Polian and Jim Caldwell continute to evaluate the talent on the team. ColtPower editor Eric Hartz updates his 53-man roster to reflect the most recent developments for the Colts. See what's changed from last week, who Hartz thinks has carved out a roster spot, who dropped off, and more inside!

Editor's Note: This is an update of last week's initial mock 53-man roster. I did not use the depth chart listed at Colts.com to compile this roster. If you missed the first mock 53-man roster, please click here.

Quarterbacks (2): Peyton Manning, Jim Sorgi.
Running backs (3): Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Mike Hart.
Wide receivers (5): Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Taj Smith.
Tight ends (3): Dallas Clark, Gijon Robinson, Jacob Tamme.
Offensive line (10): Ryan Diem, Mike Pollak, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Lilja, Charlie Johnson, Tony Ugoh, Steve Justice, Jamey Richard, Jaimie Thomas, Daniel Federkeil.
Defensive line (11): Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Raheem Brock, Ed Johnson, Fili Moala, Terrance Taylor, Adrian Grady, Marcus Howard, Antonio Johnson, Daniel Muir, Keyunta Dawson.
Linebackers (5): Gary Brackett, Clint Session, Philip Wheeler, Tyjuan Hagler, Adam Seward.
Defensive backs (11): Bob Sanders, Kelvin Hayden, Marlin Jackson, Antoine Bethea, Tim Jennings, Jerraud Powers, Jamie Silva, Melvin Bullitt, Dante Hughes, T.J. Rushing, Matt Giordano.
Punter (1): Pat McAfee.
Kicker (1): Adam Vinatieri.
Long snapper (1): Justin Snow.

NOTES: This update gives a few minor changes. First, Roy Hall was placed on the injured/waived list, cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve. Thus, he is no longer on the 53-man roster, and Taj Smith takes his place at receiver. Another receiver to watch in the coming weeks is Sam Giguere, who was activated from the PUP list and will try to make his case in the final three preseason games.

On the offensive line, Corey Hilliard, after a horrific performance in the preseason opener, was dropped in favor of Daniel Federkeil, a more versatile player. Tight end Tom Santi was also dropped from this update, simply because he hasn't been healthy enough to practice or play and cannot be evaluated. Another oft-injured tight end, Jacob Tamme, keeps his spot by being a better receiver and because he can long-snap as well. Ideally, I'd like to see Tamme be the long-snapper and the team release Snow to free up a roster spot, but that's unlikely to happen.

On the defensive line, Keyunta Dawson is back in the mix, simply because he's been so involved that it's difficult to see the Colts parting with him. The final DL roster spot came down to Eric Foster vs. Adrian Grady, and Grady wins out — for now.

As for the rest of the defense, only five linebackers made the cut this round, although it's likely that either Jordan Senn or Freddy Keiaho makes the final roster. Two defensive backs were added: Matt Giordano — who was the final cut from the first roster and showed his value with a fine performance in the first preseason game — and T.J. Rushing, who is the most experienced returner on the roster. Nick Graham is another pushing for a roster spot, but got caught in the numbers game here.

Once again, this is a work in progress and subject to evolution.


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