At 4:00 PM EDT, the Colts announced they had cut wide receiver Griff Whalen to sign fullback Robert Hughes. Hughes no doubt joins the team in the wake of FB Stanley Havili’s ankle injury. Whalen may be the odd man out when fellow receiver LaVon Brazill returns from his suspension.
From Colts.com’s press release:
The Indianapolis Colts today signed fullback Robert Hughes and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team following the preseason finale at Cincinnati. He played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. Hughes was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Whalen played in three games this season and caught two passes for 28 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012.
Many fans won’t like seeing a wide receiver go to make room for another fullback (how about using a tight end, eh?), but it goes to show that Pep Hamilton and Chuck Pagano are committed to their vision. According to Rotoworld, Whalen is still eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers, of course.
In other Colts news, rookie OLB Bjoern Werner’s foot injury could keep him out of the lineup for the next 4-6 weeks, according to Indystar’s Mike Chappell as well as NBC Sports. Cam Johnson played well in Werner’s absence.
Johnson is a very athletic and talented former defensive end out of Virginia who fell deep in the draft due to health concerns over his having sickle-cell trait. In other words, Johnson has the gene for sickle cell anemia, but not the actual symptoms.
Johnson has a chance to become a solid NFL player despite being overlooked in the draft, and the Colts, who traded for him this season, will need him to produce on the field in the coming weeks.
"Many fans won't like seeing a wide receiver go to make room for another fullback..."
I would like to compliment you on perhaps the greatest use of "understatement" I have ever read.
(Still as the Colts keep chugging along at 3-1, I almost feel like I need to sit meekly by as Grigson, Pagano and Hamilton keep getting results. Don't say anything about the Richardson trade, don't say anything about the Richardson trade.)
Griiiiiifffff! Here's hoping he clears waivers. Besides being a tough and sturdy slot receiver, who doesn't love his badass name?! If Dwayne Allen was healthy, do we make this move?
We need a fullback because we're a 'run first' team, right? That's why about 60% of our plays were passes in a game we won by 34 points. We're a 'run last' team in reality. We run the ball when we have a decent lead. We pass when we need to move the chains, pretty much in any down and distance.
Stupid fullbacks. Apropos yesterdays discussion of Richardson, I wonder if he would do better running out of the spread sets that seem to have helped Brown. The fullback running ahead of him sure didn't seem to help much in the last two games.
Hopefully Whalen makes PS. David Reed better show something because Brazill could return kicks. Whalen has better hands than Reed already. If the Patriots don't take him, Whalen will be back.
Hey, can Hughes rush the passer? Maybe kill two birds with one stone, and trade the rest of our draft for AJ Jenkins and Mike Pollack.
Horrible mistake releasing Whalen! I think he has HUGE potential as a slot receiver in this offense. He catches EVERYTHING that comes near him, and he is tough. He is certainly more productive than Brazill. We can only hope he clears waivers and gets re-signed after Havili recovers from injury. This is not a good move.
I can't believe they released Griff. I hope he is still around but maybe the Colts don't deserve to have him.
Poor choice of words because, as I understand it, anyone who really wants to can get behind Walden. Not just Johnson & Mathis.
One more quick thing: I got a fevah, and the only cure...is more FULLBACK (in a Christopher Walken voice, of course)
@DougEngland Do you think we could maybe move T-Rich to FB once Bradshaw's healthy again?
@7IHd I don't know. Hopefully not. It's definitely disappointing to see Griff go, especially if he end up on an active roster somewhere.
@smonroe People get stuck on this run to win thing because they see a correlation where no causality exists. You get a lead, then run - most of the time. the SF game was a bit of an exception.
@hankster Yeah, if Richardson is as good as we all hope he is, he should be able to thrive with or without a fullback.
@thellamajockey We haven't seen much of Brazill, but he might have better hands than Reed, too. Let's hope Reed does something special on a kick return in the coming weeks
@rd2 I wasn't happy to see him go either. Maybe he'll be lucky enough to end up back on the active roster eventually
If we don't have enough for a 0 WR, 5 FB set, then yes. We need another fullback. They 're also great for being the second layer of a pyramid for pep rallies and spirit day, with O- line as the base. Of course, McGlynn tends to drop his guy, and Satele's forever trying to build a trapezoid, but still: MOAR FULLBACKS.
@matt_has It's funny because it's sad............ Still, that's an LOL right there. Joke of the week.
@hankster ...but I'd love to see him run out of a spread formation too.