The Colts rallied back in the fourth to defeat the Bengals, 27-26. The Colts trailed in this contest for all but just over a minute. Down 14-26 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Phillip Walker orchestrated a magical comeback victory. It started with a touchdown to Erik Swoope midway through the fourth. With 1:18 left, Walker finished his final 36-second drive with a two-yard touchdown to Cobi Hamilton. Walked posted a fantastic outing, with his only mistake being a careless interception by Trayvon Henderson. He cemented his position on the team with a 263 yard, two touchdown performance.
The Colts are thin at the wide receiver position. This is common knowledge. Fortunately, almost every wideout who took the field for the Colts impressed. At the top of the list were Daurice Fountain and Zach Pascal, who recorded three catches each for 33 and 32 yards, with Pascal scoring. Fountain showed great athleticism and body control and Pascal showed solid hands and route running.
Cobi Hamilton caught three balls for 62 yards and a game-winning score. Seantavius Jones recorded 23 yards on two catches and Kasen Williams caught three passes for 35 yards. The tight ends stepped up, with Ross Travis catching three balls for 48 yards and Erik Swoope catching three balls for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Christine Michael had a very solid performance early in the game but he went down early with a reported concussion. Michael toted the rock five times for 41 yards and caught a pass for 20 yards. Brandon Oliver took most of the running duties for the rest of the game, accruing 33 yards and a score on 10 carries, along with five catches for 48 yards.
Ryan Delaire keeps pushing for a roster spot. He finished with two tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hit, and one pass deflection. He routinely pressured the quarterback and was disruptive in the run game. Matthew Adams and Tyrell Adams both had great performances. Tyrell had seven tackles and Matthew had two, each with a pass deflection, George Odum continued his standout preseason, finishing with seven tackles and playing well in coverage.
Plenty of young Colts have made their cases to make the roster in this preseason. It is now up to Chris Ballard to decide who makes the final roster. And boy, will he have some tough decisions to make.
The Colts open the regular season at home, once again, against the Bengals.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.