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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