The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agents guard Eric Herman and tackle Keith Lumpkin. The team also waived guard Donovan Williams and waived-injured tackle Kevin Graf. If Graf clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve List.
Herman, 6-4, 320 pounds, most recently spent time on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in 2015. He spent time on the New York Giants active roster and practice squad in 2013 and 2014, but did not see any game action. Herman was originally selected by the Giants in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Collegiately, he started 50 games at Ohio University and was a two-time Second Team All-Mid American Conference selection.
Lumpkin, 6-7, 325 pounds, originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016 before being waived on June 13. Collegiately, he started 38-of-41 games at Rutgers. In 2015, Lumpkin started all 12 games at left tackle and was named All Big-Ten honorable mention by the league’s coaches and the media. He started all 13 games at left tackle for the Scarlet Knights in 2014. As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Lumpkin started all 13 games at left tackle. He appeared in three games in 2012 after redshirting as a freshman in 2011.
Williams, 6-3, 315 pounds, was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Chicago Bears on August 15, 2016. He signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent on May 16, 2016 and was waived on August 13. Collegiately, Williams started all 25 games he played in at Louisiana-Lafayette after transferring from Blinn Junior College.
Graf, 6-6, 309 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on April 20, 2016. He saw action in both of the Colts preseason games. Graf spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles active roster and practice squad in 2014, but did not see any game action. He was originally signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2014.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tight end Mike Miller and waived tight end Emil Igwenagu.
Miller, 6-6, 255 pounds, re-joins the Colts after being waived by the team on July 29, 2016. He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016 before being placed on the team’s Non-Football Injury List on July 26. Collegiately, Miller played in 27 games (20 starts) at Taylor University and finished his career with 80 receptions for 959 yards and seven touchdowns after transferring following two seasons at Santa Monica College in California.
Igwenagu, 6-2, 245 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on July 19, 2016. He saw action in both of Indianapolis’ preseason games. Igwenagu has played in three career NFL games (one start) and previously spent time with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.
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This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu are wide receivers Chester Rogers and Tevaun Smith.
For a second straight week, the Colts had the same undrafted receivers make themselves noticed.
Rob Chudzinski spoke earlier in the week about wanting to see someone go up and take the opportunity to round out the wide receiver group.
Smith scored on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line, winning inside on a slant route touchdown.
In college, Smith found the end zone at Lucas Oil Stadium.
During last year’s Big Ten Championship, Smith scored a touchdown for the Iowa Hawkeyes.
“I remember scoring a touchdown in this stadium and now I’m back in here and got another one,” a smiling Smith said on Saturday night. “It’s definitely a good experience doing that.”
Rogers, an undrafted receiver from Grambling, has had the most individual impact this preseason.
A 26-yard punt return showed the special teams impact the Colts could have in the speedy Rogers.
Both Smith and Rogers were in the middle of the Colts’ locker room on Saturday, using a temporary locker.
When roster cuts come in the next two weeks, Smith hopes to be a permanent resident inside that home locker room.
“My goal,” Smith said, ‘is to get a real locker.”
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