The Indianapolis Colts today elevated cornerback Eric Patterson to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placed cornerback D’Joun Smith on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return. The team also signed cornerback Brandon Dixon to the practice squad.
Patterson, 5-10, 193 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on September 6, 2015. He played in 41 games (28 starts) at Ball State and finished with 189 tackles (135 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 27 passes defensed, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. As a senior in 2014, he was named All-Mid-American Conference third-team on defense and All-MAC first-team as a kick returner.
Smith, 5-11, 193 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. In 44 career games at Florida Atlantic, he totaled 120 tackles (78 solo), nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 1.0 sack and 29 passes defensed. Smith also was a standout special teams performer and registered 47 kickoff returns for 1,093 yards (23.3 avg.). He earned Second Team Conference USA honors as a defensive back and honorable mention recognition as a kick returner as a senior captain in 2014.
Dixon, 5-11, 203 pounds, played in 14 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie in 2014 and totaled nine tackles (eight solo), one interception and two passes defensed. He most recently spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before being released on September 12, 2015. Dixon was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (195th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Collegiately, Dixon played two years at Northwest Missouri State (2012-13). In 2013, he garnered First Team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honors after starting all 14 games for the Bearcats and recording 36 tackles (25 solo), one interception, 11 passes defensed and one fumble recovery as Northwest Missouri State captured the NCAA Division II championship. In 2013, he started 13 games and finished with 38 tackles (31 solo), five interceptions and five passes defensed. Prior to Northwest Missouri State, Dixon played one year (2011) at Joliet Junior College (IL).
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