The Indianapolis Colts announced earlier today that they had made a waiver claim to former Indianapolis Cathedral High School Tight End Jack Doyle (6-6, 258 pounds), who was cut by the Titans this week.
The team also signed six recently released players to their practice squad (leaving two spots open), including quarterback Chandler Harnish and Linebackers Josh McNary and Daniel Adongo. From the team’s press release:
The Indianapolis Colts today claimed tight end Jack Doyle off waivers (Tennessee), waived running back Kerwynn Williams and signed six players to its practice squad, including, OLB-Daniel Adongo, C-Thomas Austin, QB-Chandler Harnish, TE-Dominique Jones, LB-Josh McNary and CB-Sheldon Price.
Doyle, 6-6, 258 pounds, is an Indianapolis native who spent his prep years at Cathedral High School and then attended Western Kentucky University. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2013. In four collegiate seasons, Doyle totaled 162 receptions for 1,769 yards and eight touchdowns in 42 games. He finished his career ranked second on WKU’s all-time receptions list. As a senior last season, Doyle set a career-high with five touchdowns en route to being named a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection.
Doyle isn’t going to wow anyone with his speed, but he did play in a West Coast offense at WKU, which should help him adjust quickly to Pep Hamilton’s scheme. According to his NFL Draft profile, Doyle is a “fluid athlete” despite his lack of speed and can adjust his body to make tough catches. He has the size to be a fine blocker, but according to his draft profile, needs to work on his technique and possibly add some lower body strength.
Indianapolis can have up to eight players on their practice squad, though there is no indication yet as to whether former Utah State star Kerwynn Williams (or anyone) figures to fill one of the open spots.
Williams’s release leaves the Colts with just three active running backs (not counting fullback Stanley Havili). This could mean free agent signee Ahmad Bradshaw is finally healthy and ready to play, or it could indicate more roster tweaking to come.
With the waivers of Nevis and Ijalana, only fourteen players remain from the Polian era: Donald Brown, Reggie Wayne, Anthony Castonzo, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Reitz, Ricardo Matthews, Fili Moala, Robert Mathis, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Antoine Bethea, Joe Lefeged, Adam Vinatieri, and Pat McAfee.
What's with the "just three running backs"? Third string RBs are a dime a dozen and there will be plenty of options available if need be. It's not like Williams could have been an every down back, at least not until he learns to block. He'd get Andy killed.
For the love of God, those last two PS spots better go to the best O-lineman left. As is now, two bad games and we are right back to last year if not worse.
Jack Doyle will likely be cut as soon as Allen and Fleener are healthy. The Colts are not going to carry 2 TEs on the practice squad so either Dominique Jones or Doyle will have to go. Cutting Doyle may be the save bet. If he does not get picked up by another team, he will be available right here in Indy where the Colts can keep on eye on him. Speaking of "Couch Squad". Doyle could be living at home with Mum and Dad just like 50+% of college grads doing so in this crappy economy.
Is there another receiver coming on the horizon? I think that Williams will land on the PS. Grigs has to go out and find another running back, offensive linemen, and a KR-PR, special teams guy.
It could be rough. An injury or two, and it could be another year watching Luck scramble for his life.
I wonder what they saw in him that was better than Dom Jones for that somewhat temporary roster spot.
@codrutc Looks like you are correct.
I'd have liked to see him go to a winning team, where the fans don't treat the players horribly, but an opportunity is an opportunity. Good luck to the Bigger Ben.
@unitas19 Many fans, including myself, would like to see them upgrade their fifth receiver spot, but we've seen in the past that they're pretty committed to the guys they trade for (Vaughn, Havili, Sheppard - though none of them did anything to get cut).
Anyway, I'd love to see one more receiver, either a vet or a guy with some potential, but I think they like David Lee. Pagano knows him, used to go coach against him in practice, and was impressed with what he could do, including Lee's efforts on the scout team. This is my guess. You know how it goes with guesses :)
So, let's hope that Lee is at least close to the level of Whalen as a receiver and that the top three guys don't get too banged up.
@MarcusDugan @codrutc Oh well Ijalana was from north New Jersey so if he was not a Jets fans growing up, he might as well be now. I would hope that Jets fans might go easy on him as long as no photos of Ben show up on the net of him in a Giants or Eagles jersey.
I am sure a Jets coach/scout or two followed his college career at Villanova. Ben could have done worse.
@unitas19 * David Reed - holy crap. I think I called him "David Lee" twice