Apparently, the Colts’ fringe wide receivers aren’t quite making the cut right now, as the Colts are trying out several wide receivers today.
Laurent Robinson, who signed a five-year, $32 million contract with the Jaguars last offseason, is one of those receivers, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. Drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2007 draft, Robinson was hampered by injuries and bounced around teams from 2007-2011. In 2011 Robinson broke out with the Cowboys, catching 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 14 games. In response to his big year, the Jaguars gave him a big contract in the following offseason, but multiple concussions caused them to release him this past March.
Another receiver who will be trying out on Thursday is Maurice Williams who played for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League last year. Williams’ tryout wasn’t officially announced, but his Twitter account has been rife with conversation about the upcoming tryout. Williams attended the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 as a freshman, but was deemed academically ineligible. He transferred to the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, but never became eligible to play.
Four years later, Williams began playing in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (yes, this exists), before playing in the AFL during 2011 and 2012. Williams is incredibly fast and was noted for his kick return ability in the AFL. He reportedly (well, reported by himself) can currently run a 4.3 40.
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The Colts also reportedly will sign former Illinois safety (although he played linebacker in 2011) Ashante Williams, pending the passing of a physical, per Chappell. The Colts have four of their top five safeties out with injuries right now (Landry, although he may return to practice Thursday, Lefeged, Brown and Boyett), and camp bodies are a necessity.
One last note, this one on WR Donald Jones, whom the Colts tried out a few weeks ago. A few readers had asked about what happened to him, and it was a mystery until yesterday. According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Jones’ blood pressure rose to frighteningly-high levels during a stress test in Indianapolis, ending his tryout. The rising blood pressure was likely a result of Jones’ kidney issues, which prematurely ended his tenure with Buffalo and New England.
The new scare has reportedly ended Jones’ career, as the 25-year-old will retire from the league. It’s a sad story for anybody, and we wish all the best to Jones and his family. Jones was a rising talent, and it always is disappointing to see talent leave the league, but more importantly it’s a scary moment for Jones’ health. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him.
The Colts have officially signed Ashante WIlliams, along with linebacker Shawn Loiseau, while waiving 2012 seventh-round pick OL Justin Anderson and UDFA WR Rodrick Rumble. Loiseau went undrafted last year and spent some time with both the Texans and Colts.
Justin Anderson was on injured reseerve all season last year, and didn't make any noise in camp this season. He was used as the third team right tackle for most of camp. He was waive-injured, so he should end up on the injured reserve list if he clears waivers. If he does, I'd expect an injury settlement from the Colts as they cut ties with the former seventh-round pick.
With Rodrick Rumble being cut, the Colts lose one of their coolest names on the roster, but one of the least impressive UDFAs. Lanear Sampson looked much better when I was at camp, and it wasn't surprising to see Sampson got reps with the second team while Rodrick was stuck on the third team.