The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Edwin Jackson, wide receiver Joshua Stangby and defensive tackle Joe Vellano to the practice squad.
Jackson, 6-0, 230 pounds, re-joins the Colts after spending one week on the team’s practice squad earlier this season. He was signed to the Colts practice squad on December 8 and waived on December 16. Jackson originally signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015 and spent the entire offseason and most of training camp with the team before being waived on August 31. He played in 48 games at Georgia Southern and totaled 218 tackles (121 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Stangby, 5-10, 185 pounds, most recently spent time with the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2015 and waived four days later.
Collegiately, Stangby played two seasons at Ottawa University (Kansas). He was a two-time All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference selection and totaled 84 receptions for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2014, Stangby caught 52 passes for 958 yards (18.4 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. He tallied 32 receptions for 507 yards (15.8 avg.) and five touchdowns in his first season as a Brave in 2013. Stangby also contributed on special teams and had 37 kickoff returns for 1,036 yards (28.0 avg.) and two touchdowns. He was Second Team All-KCAC as a kick returner and Honorable Mention All-KCAC as a receiver. Stangby ranked first in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in total kickoff return yards and eighth in kickoff return yards per attempt. Prior to Ottawa, he earned first team all-state honors as a receiver and was a first team all-conference selection as a kick returner at Los Angeles Valley College. Stangby totaled 62 receptions for 993 yards and eight touchdowns for the Monarchs.
Vellano, 6-2, 300 pounds, most recently spent time on the New England Patriots practice squad. He has played in 21 career NFL games (nine starts) and totaled 54 tackles (37 solo), 3.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. Vellano has also seen action in three postseason contests and collected six tackles (three solo) and 1.0 sack. He spent time on the Patriots active roster and practice squad in 2014 and played in five games (one start). Vellano recorded six tackles (five solo) and 1.0 sack. He also tallied one tackle in his lone postseason appearance of the season. Vellano saw action in all 16 games (eights starts) as a rookie in 2013 and registered 48 tackles (32 solo), 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. He appeared in two postseason games and made five tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack. Vellano originally signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2013.
Collegiately, Vellano was a two-time team captain at Maryland. He was First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference as a senior in 2012 after recording 61 tackles and 6.0 sacks. Vellano finished with a career-high 94 tackles as a junior and was named an All-American and a consensus First Team All-ACC choice.
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