With only four active receivers and LaVon Brazill still questionable with an injured foot, the Colts have elevated receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad. To make room, they waived cornerback Jalil Brown, who had been on the active roster since October.
A brief history on both players courtesy of the Colts:
Whalen has played in six games for the Colts this season, catching nine passes for 102 yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 and was signed to the practice squad on October 2, 2013. Whalen was elevated to the active roster on October 28 and waived on November 19. He was then signed back to the practice squad on November 21.
Brown was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 22, 2013. He played in five games this season and made two solo tackles and one special teams stop. For his career, Brown has appeared in 34 games (two starts), totaling 26 tackles (24 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 14 special teams tackles.
Brown has played in too many games to be eligible for the practice squad, but the good news for him may be that this time of year, there are plenty of teams with injuries looking for depth. From the Colts’ perspective, it leaves them with just four healthy cornerbacks again which could cause them to decide to hold Cassius Vaughn out of kick return duties.
Many fans remember Griff Whalen having both a huge drop and a huge third down catch last time the Colts played the Texans. It’s important to remember that according to Pro Football Focus, Whalen only has two drops on the season. He’s only seen 19 targets, 11 of which were what PFF considers catchable, and he reeled in 9 of them for 102 yards.
So, while he hasn’t been particularly spectacular, don’t give up on Griff just yet. He’s actually caught 9 of 11 passes that were on target. If he can find ways to get open, he could contribute if called upon.