I would hate to have to fire someone. I’ve never been in that position. But NFL coaches are forced to reduce their work staff every year about this time. The NFL rosters must be trimmed to 53 for the start of the regular season. About 20 players lose their jobs all in one day.
The Colts made their moves Saturday. Some guys had to know the ax was coming. Others were caught off guard I’m sure when asked to turn in their playbooks. Survivors celebrate an NFL dream come true. In years past, guys like Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt and Jacob Lacey have become starters after first beating the odds just to make the team.
First, congratulations to Indianapolis native Devin Moore from Ritter High School, who clearly won the battle to return kickoffs and punts for the Colts with Brandon James, Ray Fisher and Sam Giguere all let go. Moore is one of those feel good stories on a day that is filled with professional heartbreak for so many others.
One surprise for me is that tight end Gijon Robinson survived. Robinson has played a significant role in the Colts two tight end plays in the past. But I thought the strong preseason of Brody Eldridge might have made Robinson expendable. And when Robinson was still playing late in the final preseason game, I thought he was doomed. Anyone playing at the end of that game is usually playing in their last game. The Colts are keeping 4 tight ends for now. Dallas Clark, Eldridge, Jacob Tamme and Robinson.
I also thought John Chick might stick with the club. The Canadian Football League defensive player of the year made several plays in the preseason, many more than rookie Jerry Hughes. But the Colts are loaded at defensive end.
NFL rosters change almost daily based on injuries and needs. So guys at the bottom of the roster are always uneasy. But this was the day when the football unemployment line gets much deeper.
Rich Nye, WTHR Sports Reporter
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