According to both Mike Wells of ESPN as well as Pro Football Talk, the Colts have filled their two vacant roster spots this morning, signing Cincinnati practice squad RB Daniel Herron (5-10, 212, 24 yrs. old) and free agent LB Andy Studebaker (6-3, 248, 28 yrs. old).
Yesterday afternoon, they released FB Robert Hughes and placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve, leaving them with just two healthy running backs and FB Stanley Havili.
Daniel Herron’s nickname at Ohio State was “Boom,” which makes it sound like the 2012 6th round pick could fit right in with the type of runners Grigson and Pagano prefer. According to his Bengals profile, Boom started 22 if 41 games, rushed 589 times for 2869 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 4.9 per carry, and caught 44 passes for 309 yards at (the) Ohio State. His best season was 2011, when he ran 134 times for 675 yards, 5 ypc, and 96.4 per game.
Correction on Herron's college stats: His best season was his junior year, where he ran for 1,155 yards and 16 TD's. He missed the first five games of his senior season (2011) for selling parts of his games jerseys, according to his CBS Sports Draft profile. Despite the missed games, Herron's teammates voted him the team MVP in 2011 (PFW).
Studebaker was originally a 6th round pick by the Eagles out of Wheaton College in 2008 and has spent most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where fans liked to call him “The Student Baker,” I wouldn’t make this up.
The veteran backup linebacker and special teamer has played in 70 NFL games and has 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 passes defensed for his career.
There isn’t much out there for scouting a 28 year old backup linebacker, but suffice to say, he’s stuck in the league since 2008 and ought to have something to offer, at least on special teams.
For our new running back, “Boom,” here is a video of him at (the) Ohio State from (the) YouTube:
If you want a more promising look at Herron, here's a link to his 40-yard TD against Tennessee (possibly in the preseason).
More Dan Herron:
As for Studebaker, here's a 2008 interview with him when he was a DE coming out of Wheaton College:
How about those highlights? Apparently, they film certain D III games with a flip phone or an old bank security camera. Anyway, it's kinda cool seeing a regular guy who happened to play small college football wind up having a decent NFL career.
Leave it to Grigs to not rest on his laurels. He wants the 52 and 53rd man on this team to be quality football players, contribute in a winning way somehow, and provide essential depth to an injury-plagued team.
SD has signed Kerwynn Williams and Guy in the last two days. It's weird to see other teams actually taking our castoffs, especially when they are out of the division.
Wait, we release a FB and sign a RB? What kinds of idiots are making these decisions? How will we ever field an offense featuring a center, QB, and 9 FBs at this rate?
That game was right after he came back from suspension, and he was the workhorse. He was the reason a bad OSU team beat a pretty good Wisconsin team. You can see how they keyed on him but he still ended up with about 160 yards. I know this means nothing in the pros, but I'm glad to have him. He may not get a carry with the Colts, but he's good insurance IMO.
@Payton they have a former Colts front officer personell as their GM now, why u think Freeney got signed there, and they picked up our castoffs, they want to be like us and trying to steal some secrets about us before our showdown on monday night, watch those players get cut there soon
@Payton Yeah, I'm used to the ones we cut being of little interest to the rest of the league. I think they might've hoped Guy would still be around later in the season.
@Bobman1 MOAR FULLBACK!!!!!!!!!!
@kendrickjones68 Good call. I don't know if he'll ever get a carry here, but it looks like he runs angry, as Pagano likes to say.
@Johnny_Socko Holy Feet of Clay, Batman! With a couple exceptions, those clips look pretty ordinary, even fairly easy to bring down, though in fairness he was hit it he backfield a lot. Maybe they signed him to quiet fans who are complaining about T Rich.
Irsay's next tweet: See? A guy named "Boom" so u know he's good- T Rich much better!
Inexpensive insurance, I guess.
It's supposed to be a scouting video, which shows the good and the bad. I'll see if I can get something else up there when I get back from this dentist appointment I'm commenting from ;)
@smonroe I like the sound of that.
@MarcusDugan Thanks for the clarification Marcus. I was just surprised to see so many runs for no gain on what I thought was going to be a "highlight" reel. Nevertheless, "Boom" still looks like a "Bust" to me. He doesn't appear to have the speed to turn the corner at all, and I see very little tackle breaking ability. With a nickname like Boom I was expecting to see a battering ram, but I guess not.
@Heracleitus @Johnny_Socko@NickWalter Either way, I managed to find an actual highlight video of him. It's just that I didn't get to sit back down and edit this thing until about 7:30 Indy time. There's also a TD with the Bengals. The consensus coming of college was that he doesn't have top level break away speed (40 times were mid 4.5's to 4.6's), but he can fit several types of schemes as a role player/backup.