The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad and waived tight end Justice Cunningham from the active roster.
Williams was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft before being waived on September 1, 2013. At Utah State, he finished seventh in school history with 2,515 rushing yards on 382 carries. He also totaled 22 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns. Williams’ 6.6 yards per carry average ranks fifth in school annals and his 22 rushing touchdowns rank seventh all-time.
Cunningham was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At South Carolina, he recorded 50 receptions for 581 yards and one touchdown in 53 games played (23 starts).
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The ink was ready to be put to paper.
Jack Doyle was minutes away from signing his practice squad papers with the Tennessee Titans before he was informed that a familiar area code wanted him to return home.
“It was a shock to be coming to your hometown,” Doyle, a product of Cathedral High School, said on Monday. “There’s 31 other teams so it’s crazy how it’s all playing out right now.”
“I was really excited, thankful for the opportunity and now just trying to make the most of it.”
Doyle, a 6-6, 258-pound tight end, was a 2013 undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky University.
The Titans signed Doyle and he flourished during the offseason, punctuated by a five-catch, 42-yard, one-touchdown performance in Tennessee’s preseason finale.
However, a numbers crunch at tight end didn’t allow the Titans to carry four tight ends so it appeared Doyle’s next destination was their practice squad.
Less than 24 hours later Doyle ran out onto the Colts practice field Monday morning donning a jersey that he had worn so many times before.
“You’ve got to come in and work on special teams,” Doyle said of his main focus this week.
“I’m going to bust my butt every day and if I do the best I can than I’m going to be alright.”
Doyle, who caught 162 passes for 1,769 yards at WKU, does have some familiarly with Pep Hamilton’s offensive system.
While at WKU, then head coach Willie Taggart ran a similar attack. Taggart had previously coached for three years at Stanford before taking the WKU head coaching position in 2010.
Doyle said there is some carry over from his college offensive system to the Colts scheme.
Chuck Pagano said Doyle fits the mold for what the Colts were looking for as an in-line blocker at the tight end position who can block outside linebackers/defensive ends at the point of attack.
“He’s got that ability and we all know what he did in his collegiate career,” Pagano said of Doyle. “It’s great to have a hometown guy back home.
“He gives us another added dimension a big guy that can kind of be the hammer in the run game and still give you some things in the pass game.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today acquired linebacker Cam Johnson in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Johnson, 6-3, 268 pounds, was originally a seventh-round selection (237th overall) of the 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season, he spent the first 14 games of the year on the 49ers practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on December 22. Johnson saw action in the final two regular season games but did not record any statistics.
Johnson played in 42 games (34 starts) at the University of Virginia and registered 130 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2011, he started all 12 games and led the team with 4.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. As a junior in 2010, Johnson was named an All-ACC third-team selection by the Roanoke Times after totaling a career-high 53 tackles, while leading the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (14.5).
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to the practice squad and waived wide receiver Nathan Palmer from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement.
Rogers, 6-3, 205 pounds, was first signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013 before being waived on August 26. In three collegiate seasons, he posted 139 receptions for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 36 games played. Rogers played two seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-11) before transferring to Tennessee Tech for one year (2012).
As a sophomore in 2011, Rogers started all 12 games and led the Southeastern Conference with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and ranked second with nine receiving touchdowns. He became just the sixth player in Tennessee history to post a 1,000-yard receiving season en route to earning Associated Press First Team All-SEC honors. As a junior in 2012, Rogers tied the Tennessee Tech single-season record for receiving touchdowns (10), while finishing third in receptions (61) and fourth in receiving yards (893).
Palmer was signed by the Colts off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on September 24, 2012. Last season, he caught one pass in five games played.
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Antoine Bethea joined the NFL AM crew last week and the eight-year veteran shared some insight on a couple of interesting storylines with the Colts.
While the faces around Bethea have changed significantly, the safety has enjoyed watching new teammates fit into the Horseshoe.
“It’s different having different guys come in and out but it’s a lot of fun seeing a lot of the young guys come in, step in and make a lot of plays for us, especially coming off last year. It’s been a great ride,” Bethea said.
One of the new teammates who has joined Bethea in the secondary is LaRon Landry.
The Pro Bowl safety is known for his physicality and Bethea is ready to welcome receivers to the Colts secondary this year.
“Having LaRon it’s going to be fun,” says Bethea. “I just can’t wait to get back there with receivers coming across the middle and just laying wood and raising havoc back there.”
Typical to most national interviews, the segment was not over until Bethea fielded a question about Andrew Luck.
Bethea said one of the things that Luck has improved on this year is accepting the fact that he doesn’t need to force balls into tight windows.
“This year in preseason (Luck) will get a check down to a running back. He will put the ball in places only where receivers will catch the ball,” Bethea said.
“No. 12 man, he won’t have a sophomore slump. He will just continue to do great things for this team.”
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