The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Shaun Prater and waived cornerback Eric Patterson.
Prater, 5-10, 190 pounds, has played in 19 games (three starts) and registered six tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception and five special teams tackles. In 2014, he saw action in 10 games for the Minnesota Vikings and tallied two special teams tackles. Prater played in one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 before being waived on October 21, 2013. The Vikings claimed him off waivers the next day and he went on to play in eight games (three starts) and total six tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception and three special teams tackles. Prater was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the Bengals Injured Reserve list before being waived on August 31, 2013 and claimed off waivers by the Eagles the next day.
Collegiately, Prater played in 48 games (35 starts) at Iowa and finished with 171 tackles (112 solo), 1.0 sack, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 19 passes defensed and seven interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). He was named First Team All-Big Ten by league coaches and honorable mention by league media as a senior and participated in the East-West Shrine game. Prater started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and registered 51 tackles (33 solo), 1.0 sack, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and one interception (returned for a touchdown). Prater was named First Team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media in 2010 after starting 12 games and tallying 68 tackles (50 solo), one fumble recovery, six passes defensed and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his 10-tackle performance vs. Michigan State. In 2009, he started 10 games and finished with 41 tackles (25 solo), eight passes defensed and two interceptions. As a freshman in 2008, Prater played in 13 games and totaled 11 tackles (four solo) and two passes defensed.
Patterson, 5-10, 193 pounds, was signed to the Colts active roster on September 29, 2015. He has played in two games for the Colts in 2015 and tallied two tackles. Patterson has also spent time on the Indianapolis practice squad. Collegiately, Patterson saw action in 41 games (28 starts) at Ball State and finished with 189 tackles (135 solo), 27 passes defensed and six interceptions.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Alex Tanney to the practice squad.
Tanney, 6-4, 220 pounds, most recently spent time on the Buffalo Bills practice squad after spending training camp with the Tennessee Titans. In 2014, he spent the final two weeks of the regular season on the Titans practice squad. Tanney was on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad for the first 12 weeks of the 2013 season before he was signed to the Cleveland Browns active roster on November 26, 2013. He spent five games on the Browns 53-man roster and did not see any game action. Tanney originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2012 and spent his rookie season on the Chiefs Injured Reserve list.
Collegiately, Tanney played in 47 games at Monmouth and set NCAA Division III career records with 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns. He was selected as the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times (2008-09, 2011). As a senior in 2011, Tanney finished with a career-high 3,867 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. He redshirted in 2010 due to an injury. In 2009, Tanney was named the Melberger Award winner as Division III’s best player after recording 3,856 passing yards and 44 touchdowns. He set a school record with 50 touchdown passes and threw for 3,848 yards as a sophomore in 2008. Tanney played in 10 games as a freshman and registered 2,678 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.
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