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Indianapolis Colts: 5 Veterans Who Won’t Make the 53-Man Roster

Indianapolis Colts: 5 Veterans Who Won't Make the 53-Man Roster

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The Indianapolis Colts are three years removed from the first overall pick, and because of that this team is still building depth at certain positions. This doesn’t mean that veterans are safe from being cut, and these five guys are in real jeopardy.

5. Dan Herron

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5. Dan Herron

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Herron is going to be a victim of the numbers game. With Vick Ballard coming back from injury and the re-signing of Ahmad Bradshaw, the Colts won't have enough positions open to have four running backs on the roster. But expect Herron to remain on the practice squad to be a quick injury replacement if one of the three guys ahead of him goes down.

4. Josh Gordy

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4. Josh Gordy

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If Josh Gordy is put into a position where he has to play starting time for the Colts, then they are in trouble. I don’t see him being a factor on special teams, and younger competition could push Gordy out of the 53-man roster.

3. Weslye Saunders

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3. Weslye Saunders

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Saunders is a very limited player, and his main asset is his blocking ability. With Allen coming back from injury Saunders won't be needed. This could be the reason why he will not make the final roster.

2. Kelvin Sheppard

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2. Kelvin Sheppard

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Sheppard came over in a trade with Buffalo that involved Jerry Hughes, and his coverage ability is very limited. He is a very average run stopper, but that is no longer a need with D’Qwell Jackson in place. The Colts drafted Andrew Jackson who can be a younger replacement for him with more upside.

1. Griff Whalen

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1. Griff Whalen

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Whalen did a great job last year of filling in once injuries hit the Colts' skill positions, and he appeared to be a factor in the Colts' playoff win over Kansas City. The main reason why he could be cut is that he might not be a long-term player in the offense. It's obvious the Colts don’t see him that way or else they wouldn’t have picked up Donte Moncrief. Whalen could come back later in the season if injuries hit the Colts hard again.

Christopher Pimentel is a Indianapolis Colts writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google