Posts tagged Tom Brandstater
Phil B. Wilson of IndyStar.com is reporting that the Colts have re-signed veteran linebacker Tyjuan Hagler. Indianapolis released tight end Gijon Robinson to make room for Hagler on the regular season roster. Additionally, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Colts have released practice squad quarterback Tom Brandstater. The roster at Colts.com shows that the Colts signed rookie fullback/H-Back Matt Clapp (Oklahoma) and rookie wide receiver Chris Brooks (Nebraska) to fill the spots vacated by Brandstater and Blair White. It is also worth noting that Donye’ McCleskey is no longer list on the injured reserve list.
We will provide more details as they are available.
The last few weeks were rough on Colts backup quarterback Curtis Painter. While fans entered the preseason with hopes that Painter would show signs of development and progress, which was promised by coaches and writers who follow the team, his performance against the San Francisco 49ers left many with a bad taste in their mouths. Many fans started to call for Painter’s head, wanted him to get cut, and insisted that one of the Colts other quarterbacks would be more qualified to fill the backup role.
The only way these fans could be swayed to change their opinions would be for Painter to close out the preseason as one of the brightest contributors to the team. He would have to throw for multiple touchdowns in each contest, not make further errors, and be something that no backup quarterback has been since Peyton Manning arrived in Indianapolis. He would have to prove that he could be a veteran quarterback that could beat up on second and third string opponents, showing promise for the Colts season even if Manning had to miss time.
Examining the Colts Depth Chart
People commonly do not pay attention to changes in the depth chart, especially during the preseason. The Colts have already reduced the roster to 75, so the team will not announce cuts today. That said, we are only five days from the final 21 player cut. We may be able to gain some insight into those cuts from the latest depth chart.
Below is the depth chart as it appears on the official Colts website. It has been altered to help analyze which players have the greatest potential to remain on the regular season roster, and which will probably not make the cut. More >
State of the Colts Franchise: Preseason Offense
The Indianapolis Colts have run just over 80 players through an absolute gamut over the last three weeks of training camp and the early preseason. During this process the front office and coaching staff have assessed and developed players who will eventually fill the Colts regular season roster and practice squad. All of the hard work, sweat, long days, and intense studying will come to a head on August 31 and September 4, when the NFL mandates that teams cut their rosters down to 75 and 53, respectively.
I had the amazing opportunity to watch eight of the Colts training camp sessions in-person, along with two preseason games on television — which I have broken down more than once. With this backdrop, the following story will discuss which players Colts fans can expect to make some noise in the remaining preseason games, and which players may surprise by making the final roster, or by failing to make it.
Painter Has to Go!
OK, I’m trying to remain calm. Really, I am. Last year, I was quick to defend Curtis. I said over and over as if trying to convince myself; “he’s a rookie put in a horrible situation. There’s no way we could have expected him to succeed.”
That was last year.
He’s had time to learn how to read defenses, perfect his mechanics, and learn the playbook. What we just saw… over 2+ quarters… was a pitiful performance by a man who shouldn’t be employed in the NFL.
Let alone by the best team in the NFL.
If Tom Brandstater isn’t the 2nd string QB by tomorrow, I’ll… hold my breath? maybe start supporting another team?
Nope. I’ll do what the rest of you are doing; pray that Peyton never gets hurt.
That. Was. Pain-ter-ful.