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And I Interrupted To Inform You About Some Changes...


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I will be doing two comparisons for each game on the Colts schedule, rather than one, as I had originally planned. The reason for this is that I have already done my mock draft and mock free agency and built my roster as I desired it, but will have only analyzed 3 to 4 games by the time the draft is over and Indy's roster is more complete.

I am doing these game-by-game evaluations to see how the Colts will match up in 2012 with the other teams on their schedule, and my predictions would not be realistic without have a more current roster.

I have enjoyed my draft and free agent period, though, so I will proceed with that roster as well and simply do two comparisons for each game. One from the Colts actual roster (when the draft is finished and the season starts) and one from my proposed roster (beginning sometime next week).

That being said, here is my proposed roster for the Colts in 2012. It does reflect the Colts current roster as of today with the signing of Safety Tom Zbikowski earlier today.

BOLD indicates a draftee.

ITALICS indicate a free agent signing.

GREEN indicates a starter.

BLUE indicates a release.

Cuts From Current Roster:

Cosby, Quan---WR

Edds, A.J.---LB

Evans, Darren---RB

Fayson, Jarred---WR

Hines, Jermale---CB

Holmes, Mike---CB

Johnson, Antonio---DT

King, Brandon---CB

Lefeged, Joe---CB

Mathews, Ricardo---DT

Newton, Mike---CB

Ogbu, Ollie---DT

Ross, Jeremy---WR

Freeman, Jerrell---LB

Proposed 2012 Roster:

OFFENSE:

QB:

Luck, Andrew---QB

Vittatoe, Trevor---QB

RB:

Choice, Tashard/Williams, Cadillac---RB

Brown, Donald---RB

Carter, Delone---RB

Gronkowski, Chris---RB

TE:

Ford, Chase---TE

Eldridge, Brody--TE

Mahaffey, Ryan---TE

T:

Castonzo, Anthony---OT

Justice, Winston---OT/OG

Linkenbach, Jeffrey---OT

Reitz, Joe---OT

Tepper, Mike---OT

G:

Ijalana, Ben---OT/OG

Olsen, Seth---OG

Murphy, Matt---OG

C:

Konz, Peter/ Blake, Phillip---C

Kirkpatrick, Jake---C

Shipley, A.Q.---C

WR:

Wayne, Reggie---WR

Doucet, Early---WR

Collie, Austin--WR

White, Blair---WR

Wright, Jarius/Moye, Derek---WR

DEFENSE:

DT:

Ta’amu, Alameda/Wolfe, Derek---DT

Nevis, Drake---DT

Moala, Fili---DT

DE:

Freeney, Dwight---DE

Redding, Cory---DE

Hughes, Jerry---DE

Hickman, Justin---DE

LB:

Mathis, Robert---DE/LB

Angerer, Pat---LB

McClellin, Shea/Law, Cordarro---LB

Conner, Kavell---LB

Harvey, Mario---LB

Lutrus, Scott---LB

Peguese, Brandon---LB

Addison, Mario---LB

CB:

Kirkpatrick, Dre/Gilmore, Stepen/ Jenkns, Janoris---CB

Powers, Jerraud---CB

Johnson, Terrence---CB

Thomas, Kevin---CB

Rucker, Chris---CB

Caldwell, David---CB

S:

Bethea, Antoine---S

Tom Zbikowski---S

Taylor, Brandon---S

SPECIAL TEAMS:

KR/PR:

Roby, Courtney---WR

Tom Zbikowski---S

K:

Vinatieri, Adam---K

Bullock, Randy---K

P:

McAfee, Pat---P

LS:

Snow, Justin---TE/LS

The above gets us to 55 players on the roster, and leaves cap room to work with should any emergencies arise during the regular season. If there are any questions or comments, please leave them by comment on this blog or by personal message to me. I will try to respond as soon as I possibly can. If you want an explanation for a draft pick or free agent signee, please see my earlier blogs at my main blog page, which can be accessed from my user profile, and feel free to ask me any question you may have. Believe it or not, I'm not infallible... :)

Notes:

*Tom Zbikowski would compete with draft pick Brandon Taylor for the starting SS job. No matter which one wins, the other would be retained for depth. Several of the CB's have experience at the safety position as well.

*Back-up linebackers could be cut at any time should they not work out to the coaching staff's full satisfaction, I did retain four extras on the roster for depth. LB A.J. Edds, though promising, is a 4-3 linebacker and would not fit into Coach Pagano's new scheme.

*Back-up cornerbacks could be cut at any time should they not work out to the coaching staff's full satisfaction, I did retain two extras on the roster for depth.

*Either backup center could be released if if the draft picks and/or Kirkpatrick work out.

*RB Chris Gronkowski could be cut at any time during the season or retained until the end of his contract in 2013.

To make it easier on those of you who are short on patience, here are the starters by themselves:

Luck, Andrew---QB

Choice, Tashard/Williams, Cadillac---RB

Ford, Chase---TE

Castonzo, Anthony---OT

Justice, Winston---OT/OG

Konz, Peter/ Blake, Phillip---C

Ijalana, Ben---OT/OG

Linkenbach, Jeffrey---OT

Wayne, Reggie---WR

Doucet, Early---WR

Collie, Austin--WR

Freeney, Dwight---DE

Ta’amu, Alameda/Wolfe, Derek---DT

Redding, Cory---DE

McClellin, Shea/Law, Cordarro---OLB

Angerer, Pat---MLB

Conner, Kavell---MLB

Mathis, Robert---DE/OLB

Kirkpatrick, Dre/Gilmore, Stephen/ Jenkins, Janoris---CB

Powers, Jerraud---CB

Bethea, Antoine---S

Tom Zbikowski---S

Roby, Courtney---KR/PR

Vinatieri, Adam---K

McAfee, Pat---P

Snow, Justin---LS

I hope you all will enjoy examining the roster! Have a wonderful day, and God Bless America!

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C/OG Mike McGlynn has just been signed by the Colts earlier today and is not included in this roster. A center would probably be leaving the building.

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2 win team right there

Why? Your thoughts would be appreciated, I always enjoy seeing someone else's opinion. You can send it to me by message, if you like, or post it here. Whatever works better for you.

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I think the Colts Keep Lefeged even with Zibby signed based on easy cap.

More upgrade needed on the OL: Olsen and Tepper were blown off of the ball and Murphy never saw the field that I know of.

I think McGlynn helps back up the right side. I do not think he is an everyday center. Konz/Blake or Shipley/Kirkpatrick.

I want some of our free agents signed.....I am sure that is coming up. Tamme> Wheeler? is Gonzo staying???

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I think the Colts Keep Lefeged even with Zibby signed based on easy cap.

More upgrade needed on the OL: Olsen and Tepper were blown off of the ball and Murphy never saw the field that I know of.I think McGlynn helps back up the right side.

I do not think he is an everyday center. Konz/Blake or Shipley/Kirkpatrick.

I want some of our free agents signed.....I am sure that is coming up. Tamme> Wheeler? is Gonzo staying???

Even with Courtney Roby returning the punts and kicks?

I agree with your analysis, but all the players you listed are backups. The starting line is relatively solid, I think.

The center position is solid with a draft pick and one backup. That is the reason for getting rid of one of the centers, either Shipley or Kirkpatrick. McGlenn does solidify the side, and the reason for a center leaving because of his signing is that we would have 12 linemen on the roster. I don't believe it's necessary to have that many, so with a high draft pick center, I figured I could let a backup center go.

I would have signed Gonzalez, but the Colts didn't want him when I began this series and so I couldn't include him on the roster. Tamme and Wheeler are guys I would keep an eye on, but with a draft picks at TE and LB and Robert Mathis making the transition to LB, I decided not to make an offer to either.

The drafted TE is 6-6 and would take over for Tamme as the passing threat. Eldridge and Mahaffey are better blockers than Tamme, in my opinion, so even though he is an inexpensive option, he is unnecessary and would take up cap room better saved for contingencies elsewhere.

Appreciate your analysis, by the way, BrentMc11. That is exactly what I intended these blogs for---to get other fans' ideas. You are a smart guy and I appreciate your thoughts! I can always use TONS of help...

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Lets get these guys ....and we can talk. You are doing a great job...a ton of fun today...

Olsen and Murphy need practice squad......awful....Tepper

I love Tamme....

I listed backups because they are not worthy.

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I listed backups because they are not worthy.

Ah, okay, got you now. You wanted more depth on the line in case of injury, and those guys are not good enough. Right? If so, I do definitely see your point.

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Ah, okay, got you now. You wanted more depth on the line in case of injury, and those guys are not good enough. Right? If so, I do definitely see your point.

They are 'stop-gap' measures at best my friend. Link was too, but he improved (still needs work) Tepper, Olsen were horrible....Murphy is camp fodder/practice squad at best.

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There is going to be a 'press conference' held by my Mind and Heart later on today to announce the signing of Jacob Tamme. :) You convinced me to take another look at him, and after watching some film I decided to bring him back. Would you like to be my assistant GM?

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