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Five Indianapolis Colts Players Who Are on the Bubble of Making the Roster: Fan's Take

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The NFL regular season is getting closer and closer and that means cut day is coming quickly. The Indianapolis Colts have a young team and may look to go with younger options at many positions. The following five players are veterans whose jobs could be at risk.

Donnie Avery

Avery was thought to have a hold on the number three receiver job this year. Then he got hurt in training camp. Then several rookie receivers began to show what they can do and impress. The strong performances in camp by TY Hilton, Lavon Brazill, Jeremy Ross, and Kris Adams may have Avery on the outside looking in on cut day. Avery will need to play and play well in at least one preseason game this year.

Mike McGlynn

McGlynn was a starter on the offensive line before his injury suffered in the first preseason game. If young players step up and play well it could threaten McGlynn's roster spot. I think he'll still make the roster but his spot is more in jeopardy than it ever was before the injury.

David Caldwell

Caldwell was a starter at safety last year and struggled throughout the season. He appears to be buried on the depth chart already and did not see much playing time in the first preseason game. I think Caldwell could be one player to go from starter in 2011 to unemployed in 2012.

Jeff Linkenbach

Linkenbach was a starter last season at right tackle and was one of the worst offensive lineman I remember watching play football in a long time. He's struggled everywhere but left tackle and there is certainly no room for him to play there. Early in training camp he was moved to left guard but has already been supplanted there by Joe Reitz. The only way I see Linkenbach making the roster is because of his position versatility along the offensive line.

Cassius Vaughn

When Vaughn was acquired from Denver he was instantly a favorite to make the roster since he was one of the few players in the secondary with any experience. Vaughn got moved far down the depth chart after just one game and may be falling out of favor with the coaching staff. The only two players who appear to have a stronghold on their spots are starters Jerraud Powers and Justin King. Vaughn still has time to prove himself but may be out of a job when final cuts come.

Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely.


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