According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts waived DE Lawrence Guy today so they could activate WR LaVon Brazill to the active roster.
Pagano: added LaVon Brazill to 53, waived Lawrence Guy. Roster is fluid. Have to make tough decisions. Lawrence did great job last 2 wks— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) October 7, 2013
Brazill had been serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Many believe the speedy young receiver has some potential despite playing a very small role in the offense his rookie year (11 catches, 186 yards, TD, but an impressive 16.9 ypc).
Guy, on the other hand, spent most of 2012 with the team before being cut in the preseason this year. He re-signed on September 24th, played as a backup for a couple games, and most notably blocked a Seahawks field goal yesterday leading to Delano Howell’s touchdown that helped turn the tide in the Colts’ 34-28 win.
Guy played 46 of 127 defensive snaps over the past two games – not bad for a rotational player – and had 3 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and two stops, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF gave Guy positive grades of 2.4 and 2.6 on defense in his two games).
Such is life in the NFL. One day you’re blocking a field goal, and the next, you’re hitting the waiver wire. Many fans have wondered if someone else could have been let go, but the Colts originally signed Guy because starter Ricky Jean Francois was going to miss some playing time with a groin injury. While this is sad news for Guy, it may be a good sign for Jean Francois’s health and availability. We’ll have to wait and see.
I would have liked to keep Guy, and done away with Reed. I personally think Guy is better than Maola. Guy was picked up by the Chargers! They should bring back Deji Karim who was explosive in the open field running.
Boo. I was hoping they'd can David Reed. He pooped on every KO return opportunity, except 1, I think, where actually made the 25 yard line
I understand the move if RJF is back, but logically wouldn't they release Reed? At least Guy could fit into the rotation and provide some relief. Reed doesn't have the sense to kneel down when he catches the ball 9 yards deep in the endzone.
Hey we know you bailed our asses out by blocking the field goal in the game and have been playing remarkably well, but we going to have to let you go. Sorry for any inconvience.
Is Lawrence Guy PS eligible? David Reed better show something this weekend. Like to see Brazill get a shot at kick returns.
4 WR set anyone?
I wonder if the Fo sees something in Brazil. Perhaps they think he can develop into a possession receiver.
I understand the move since RJF is going to be back to full strength, but Pagano said the entire roster is fluid? Don't believe David Reed has been fluid whatsoever.
Yep. Pagano says RJF should be able to practice Wednesday. So I guess we don't need the extra DE anymore.
He did have a great game. It's weird seeing him get cut the very next day. They originally signed him because Ricky Jean Francois was injured. The fact that he's gone, while both disappointing and oddly timed, is probably good news that the starter is ready to play again.
@unitas19 I'm even more surprised now that they released Guy, then turned right around and let Hughes go without signing anyone.
@smonroe Add a receiver, drop a receiver. Makes perfect sense to me, but so far, the Colts haven't cut anyone for whom they've traded. It's still early in this era, of course, but for now, they seem to want to give their guys acquired by trade a little extra time (I'm referring to Reed). Part of that might be because it's worked well for them in the past (Vaughn and Davis had rough starts but are now valuable as the number one and four CB's, giving them more confidence to be patient with traded players)
@thellamajockey Sorry for the delayed response. Guy isn't practice squad eligible because he technically has a year of NFL experience by their rules. He's been active for at least 9 regular season games (He's been one of the 45 active players for 11 of his 13 career regular season games)
@hankster You could be right. He was considered a deep threat in college, but isn't a burner like T.Y. Apparently, he is good at getting separation at the last second because of "his ability to stick a foot in the ground and jump off one leg at full speed and extend for the ball" (NFL.com Combine profile).
Here's his draft profile from last year: http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/lavon-brazill?id=2532802
His pro day 40 times ranged from 4.37 to 4.55 with an official time of 4.43: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=77699&draftyear=2012&genpos=WR
He was good at improvising against lower level competition at Ohio, but needs to be able to stick to an accurate route in the NFL.
@Coopman33 Yeah, it's weird. They must really see something in Reed. Plus, they tend to be really patient with the guys they've acquired by trade.
Me too. I know there were some good players in front of him, but he's a heck of a football player. Kinda sad to see him go