Yesterday, the Colts waived quarterback Seth Lobato and cornerback Keyon Lyn, both undrafted free agent rookies. This morning, they fill the vacated roster spots with former Indiana State center FN Lutz (FN is not a typo) and cornerback Johnny Adams.
A little about each player from Colts.com:
Lutz, 6-3, 290 pounds, started 42-of-44 career games at Indiana State University. He started all 12 games at center for the Sycamores in 2013 and all 11 games in 2011. Lutz also started all 11 games in 2010 and anchored an offense that averaged 411.8 total yards per game, which ranked fourth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and 17th in the nation. The team broke a school record by scoring 351 points for the season, averaging 31.9 per game, which ranked second in the MVFC and 15th nationally.
Adams, 5-11, 177 pounds, was previously signed by the Colts on August 13, 2013and waived on August 25. He played in four games with the Buffalo Bills in 2013, primarily on special teams. Adams was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State on May 10, 2013. He started 39-of-54 collegiate games and finished his career ranked fourth in school history in interception return yards (230), fifth in passes defensed (35) and 10th in interceptions (11). Adams was also a three-time All-Big Ten selection.
FN Lutz III missed all of 2012 due to a torn ACL, and then came back strong in 2013. We don’t know much else about him. He’s from Lafayette, just an hour or so from Downtown Indy, was twice named the Indiana State Fair Woodworker of the Year, and he excels at beard growing. He also sounds like a high character guy, having been a finalist for the 2012 All-State AFCA Good Works Team.
Lutz had a decent pro day back in March with 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which is very good for a center – or any offensive lineman, along with a respectable 5.07-second 40 yard dash and a 7.49-second 3-cone drill.
(If anyone has any actual game video of Lutz, please feel free to notify me in the comments.)
Adams had 35 tackles, 3 interceptions, and a sack in 2012, all while finishing his sociology degree before playing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. He may be a bit small, but he’s no stranger to special teams play and even has some punt return experience (high school only, as far as I can ascertain).
Adams ran an impressive 4.43 40-yard dash at the 2013 combine and posted a 33” vertical at his pro day. He’s quick and athletic, but a little undersized. This time of year, though, everyone has some hope.
Indianapolis now has ten cornerbacks and three centers on the 90- man roster and likely will retain five and one to two respectively (either a second center or a center/guard as a backup).
Here is a quick highlight video of Adams at MSU:
And there isn’t really anything much on Lutz, but here is a video of him having a sweet mullet (Note the way the Terre Haute sports anchor says “FN”):