Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was asked to do the impossible: jettison Peyton Manning and most of the roster, eat the cap hit and find a way to build a competitive team.
Digging deep into the scrap pile he found a few gems, made a few bets and found a way to field a team that will certainly be better than the 2-14 campaign that ended his predecessor's long reign in Indianapolis.
Let's not sugar-coat this: the roster is very thin on talent at key positions. This team will not likely win many games as a result of that talent shortage. They have talent at the right spots to build a very successful team in the long-run, however, and for that, Grigson should be lauded.
Tonight, many of Grigson's risk-free trades, free-agent signings and surprise draft picks made the team. A talented, albeit banged-up, group of wide receivers looks to be capable of growing with Andrew Luck.
In the future, they have the potential to be a potent weapon for the Colts. Vick Ballard looks to be an absolute steal at this point. Former Eagle Moises Fokou put an underscore beneath his case to make the team. None cost more than the men they replaced.
That's not to say Grigson has hit on every selection, trade or signing. Winston Justice looks to be an unmitigated disaster. He's been a dangerously weak in pass protection. Josh Gordy was horrible tonight.
The beauty of Grigson's roster is this: they're cheap and easily replaced since the Colts are first in line for waivers. None of Grigson's moves will be much of a burden on the team financially. They were virtually risk-free. Those that don't work out will be replaced by guys who simply can't be any worse.