One of the few benefits of a disastrous season, apart from getting the first pick in the draft, is the fact that the worst team in the league has the first crack at every player who is waived, through the day after the Super Bowl through the third week of the regular season.
The Colts “earned” that privilege this year. And the Colts took full advantage of it.
But by winning two of their first four games, the Colts have slid down the waiver pecking order, which currently is dominated by the 0-5 Browns. And the Colts are doing so well that the team that used to employ Peyton Manning doesn’t even have dibs over Peyton Manning’s current team.
That’s right. With the Broncos at 2-3 and the Colts at 2-2, Indy lost a head-to-head effort to claim former Texans kick returner Trindon Holliday. PFT has confirmed that only the Colts and Broncos made a claim for Holliday, who was cut earlier this week to create a roster spot for linebacker Barrett Ruud.
So while the Colts lost out on Holliday, the fact that through five weeks they’re already doing better than Peyton’s new team is yet another sign that Indy is moving in the right direction far more quickly than anyone would have imagined.