The Colts picked up another running back today, former Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens running back Shaun Draughn. To make room for Draughn, they placed inside linebacker Pat Angerer on Injured Reserve, ending his season.
From the Colts’ press release:
Draughn, 6-0, 205 pounds, has appeared in 20 career games, rushing 63 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 24 passes for 158 yards. He has also returned 25 kickoffs for 590 yards (23.6 avg.). Draughn was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011 before joining the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad on October 5. He was then elevated to the active roster on December 31 and was waived on August 31, 2013. Draughn was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on September 11 and played in three games, returning two kicks for 53 yards (26.5 avg.). He was waived by the Ravens on October 10.
Angerer played in 11 games (nine starts) this season and totaled 87 tackles (48 solo), a half of a sack, two passes defensed and an interception. For his career, he has appeared in 54 games (39 starts), recording 365 tackles (203 solo), 2.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions.
Angerer, whose contract is up at the end of the season, has struggled with injuries off and on since posting 148 tackles in 2011. He’s a solid linebacker for his size, but he likely will become a 2014 free agent.
Draughn, who ran a 4.75 second 40-yard dash at the 2010 combine (though he was around 8 pounds heavier), averaged 3.9 yards per carry with the Chiefs, but he saw very little playing time in Baltimore and hasn’t had an NFL carry since September 22. He struggled with a high ankle sprain before his release in October.
The Colts, who already have three running backs on IR, need depth at the position after Donald Brown’s injury on Sunday. This week, if Brown isn’t ready to go, the depth chart will consist of Trent Richardson, Tashard Choice (signed off the street last week), and Draughn. Welcome to December in the NFL.
There is a theory out their that Trent will get better as he finds a rhythm with more touches. Well well with Brown hurt we will see. Love to see Trent bust out a big game and get his mojo back.
Marcus, one thing about the last game. The Colts ran a two TE set and to just attempt to keep the opposing defense honest threw the ball to Jack Doyle. Nobody was fooled and the reception still cost the Colts 4 yards. Also Fleener has no receptions on Sunday. Do you think that helps spell the death of the 2 TE heavy formation for the rest of the year. To me unless you can credibly throw the ball to both TEs you really are not fooling or scaring anybody. Now with Fleener and Allen this is a different matter because of Allen's multiplicity of threats.
Not that I'm surprised, but even after the game Pagano wouldn't admit there was anything wrong with Angerer. I have that feeling that he's no more banged up than any other player at this time of the season, but the Colts just realized he's no value added and at the bottom of the depth chart.
@thellamajockey Indy's offense keeps playing to hype this season; after being called a 'run-first offense" earlier this year, they ACTUALLY ran a balanced attack against San Diego, and got screwed. After every big game T.Y. Hilton's put up, people start talking about how good he is; the next game, Luck won't stop going to him, even when it's not working.
After Rogers's big game against Cincy, it seemed like Luck focused too much on him Sunday, even in tough coverage.
@smonroeI dunno, I actually was wondering earlier this year where his coverage speed went.
Now of course, things have to be kept relative. He was never a Patrick Willis type to begin with, so let's not confuse my statement with one calling him outright fast. But that said, I thought I remembered him being faster than he's shown this year. And given this IR'ing, I'm wondering if he's just been playing through a problem that's been sapping whatever speed it was that he had.
@AJ_@smonroeAgree with AJ,. To me Angerer never looked healthy all season. He looked like he was playing in pain and I thought I saw a noticeable loss of speed. In the 3rd preseason game it was apparent he was not finishing plays even while the Colts were touting his return. With a young healthy and capable McNary, Angerer was destined for IR.