News and Notes: Colts trade for 49ers OLB, Rookie Safety Arrested

When I woke up this morning, I saw the news about Da'Rick Rogers being added to the practice squad and thought that it was going to be the only news of the day. 

I was wrong. 

The Colts continued to make roster moves, trading for San Francisco 49ers OLB Cam Johnson and releasing rookie TE Justice Cunningham. 

Per the Colts' press release: 

Johnson, 6-3, 268 pounds, was originally a seventh-round selection (237th overall) of the 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season, he spent the first 14 games of the year on the 49ers practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on December 22. Johnson saw action in the final two regular season games but did not record any statistics.

Johnson played in 42 games (34 starts) at the University of Virginia and registered 130 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2011, he started all 12 games and led the team with 4.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. As a junior in 2010, Johnson was named an All-ACC third-team selection by the Roanoke Times after totaling a career-high 53 tackles, while leading the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (14.5).

Johnson is an attempt to improve the Colts' lack of pass rush from the outside linebacker spot, but don't assume that he'll be an instant fix. He's a project. He certainly has potential, but he has only played 11 snaps in the NFL. He did have a strong preseason, from a pass rushing standpoint, however, recording three sacks, a hit and five hurries. 

It's a tough break for Justice Cunningham, however, who made it through cuts just to be waived a few days later. Cunningham had a poor preseason, and it's interesting what the Colts will do with him. They may sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers, but they also have TE/FB Dominique Jones already on the squad. 

Another roster move today was the addition of Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad. Williams cleared waivers after being cut to make room for TE Jack Doyle yesterday. With the move, the Colts have eight players on the practice squad. 


But roster moves weren't the only news today. 

Continuing the Colts' string of alcohol- and substance-related legal trouble, rookie John Boyett was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. 

Boyett reportedly told the cops "You can't arrest me, I'm a Colts player" multiple times and eventually mocked and threatened at least one officer. Boyett "threw a stiff arm" and ran down several alleys, but was eventually subdued by four officers. 

It's an awful string of decisions by Boyett, and it will be intriguing to see how the Colts handle it. I don't think that he should necessarily be cut, but his attitude going forward is critical. Pat McAfee recently detailed the NFL's Substance Abuse program, and how intense it is. Whether or not it will be enough to get Boyett back on track is yet to be seen.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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