The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Stevan Ridley.
Ridley, 5-11, 220 pounds, has played in 60 career NFL games (26 starts) and totaled 685 carries for 2,907 yards (4.2 avg.) and 22 touchdowns in his time with the New York Jets (2015) and the New England Patriots (2011-14). He has also registered 27 receptions for 144 yards and seven kickoff returns for 152 yards. Ridley has seen action in five postseason contests (one start) and tallied 56 rushes for 242 yards (4.3 avg.) and three touchdowns and two receptions for 17 yards. He was a member of New England’s Super Bowl XLIX winning team.
In 2015, Ridley played in eight games (one start) for the Jets and compiled 36 carries for 90 yards and caught four passes. Prior to New York, he appeared in 52 games (25 starts) with the Patriots and finished with 649 rushes for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns. Ridley also caught 23 passes for 142 yards and had seven kickoff returns for 152 yards. He saw action in five postseason contests (one start) and tallied 56 carries for 242 yards and three touchdowns and two receptions for 17 yards. Ridley was originally selected by the Patriots in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of LSU.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived wide receiver Justin Berger, safety Alden Darby, guard Eric Herman, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, tight end Mike Miller, running back Chase Price, cornerback Winston Rose, defensive end Delvon Simmons, wide receiver Josh Stangby and inside linebacker Junior Sylvestre.
Berger, 6-2, 198 pounds, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on August 22, 2016. Collegiately, he played in 27 games at Wyoming and finished with seven receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown and one carry for eight yards and one touchdown. Prior to Wyoming, Berger spent time at Diablo Valley (Calif.) Community College.
Darby, 5-10, 194 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as a free agent on August 17, 2016. He spent most of the 2015 season on the New Orleans Saints practice squad. Collegiately, Darby played in 50 games (28 starts) at Arizona State and totaled 217 tackles (155 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, 26 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Herman, 6-4, 320 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2016. He spent time on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in 2015. Herman was on the New York Giants active roster and practice squad in 2013 and 2014, but did not see any game action. He was originally selected by the Giants in the seventh round (225th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft after starting 50 games at Ohio University.
Lumpkin, 6-3, 300 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on January 19, 2016. He has competed in seven career games between the Arizona Cardinals (2011-12) and the Oakland Raiders (2013-14). Lumpkin has totaled 10 career tackles (seven solo) and 1.0 sack.
Miller, 6-6, 255 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2016 after being waived by the team on July 29, 2016. He originally signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2016. 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.
Price, 5-8, 200 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on August 11, 2016. Collegiately, he played in 50 games at San Diego State and totaled 377 carries for 1,896 yards and 12 touchdowns and 34 receptions for 247 yards and one touchdown.
Rose, 6-0, 180 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on May 18, 2016. Collegiately, he played in 25 games (14 starts) at New Mexico State and finished with 105 tackles (79 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, five interceptions and one fumble recovery. Prior to New Mexico State, Rose played two seasons (2011-12) at Los Angeles Valley College.
Simmons, 6-5, 295 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2016. He played in 27 games (24 starts) at Southern California, notching 101 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, three passes defensed, two blocked field goals, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Prior to USC, Simmons spent time at Texas Tech and played in 23 games (13 starts) and tallied 40 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and two passes defensed.
Stangby, 5-10, 185 pounds, signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on January 5, 2016. He spent the final two weeks of the 2015 regular season on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Stangby previously spent time with the Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League in 2015. Collegiately, he played two seasons at Ottawa University (Kansas), where he totaled 84 receptions for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Sylvestre, 6-0, 242 pounds, signed with Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2015. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Colts Injured Reserve list. Collegiately, Sylvestre played at Toledo and finished his career with 286 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and eight passes defensed.
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This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu is cornerback Frankie Williams.
It’s no secret the Colts are looking for a cornerback (or two, or three) to emerge.
Injuries have hit the top seven corners on the roster.
One young defensive back that has caught the eye of Chuck Pagano this preseason is Purdue product Frankie Williams.
“Frankie Williams continues to be a guy that shows up every single day here and does exactly what you ask him to do and on game day you can see the results of his hard work and his preparation,” Pagano said last week.
“He makes plays and it’s not too big for Frankie. We all know where he came from and how he got here, but he continues to impress out there. Obviously with the injuries he’s going to get more playing time. He’s a guy that can go in there and play nickel.”
Williams was the Colts’ starting nickel back on Saturday against the Eagles. He played a team high 53 defensive snaps (88 percent of the defensive total, a very high percentage in the preseason), leading the Colts with five tackles and a pass deflection.
The fact that Williams has made it this far is impressive.
He was not even an immediate undrafted free agent signee by any NFL team. The Colts brought Williams in for a rookie mini-camp tryout. Williams flashed then and earned a roster spot.
Thursday night in Cincinnati, Williams will try to turn one final opportunity into a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.
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