The Colts picked up rookie guard Andre Cureton today, an Indy native and Pike High School graduate. The team needs some healthy offensive linemen with Khaled Holmes, Jack Mewhort, Xavier Nixon, and Ulrick John all missing time and Donald Thomas on IR.
To make room for Cureton, the team waived rookie kicker Cody Parkey. Parkey wouldn’t have made the final roster unless Adam Vinatieri wasn’t healthy, but he did have some nice kickoffs and made two field goals last week against the Giants. Inexperienced kickers sometimes bounce around for a while before making a team, but Parkey did exactly what he needed to do in his short time with Indianapolis and still could find himself playing football somewhere soon.
A little on each player from the Colts press release:
Cureton, 6-5, 332 pounds, was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 12. Collegiately, he appeared in 23 games on the offensive line for Cincinnati, making six starts. As a senior in 2013, Cureton played in 12 games (six starts) and helped block for an offense that led the American Athletic Conference in yards per game (482.3) and fewest sacks allowed (12.0).
Cureton is a native of Indianapolis and was an Associated Press all-state selection at Pike High School. In 2008, he helped his team to a sectional berth and Conference Indiana Championship.
Parkey was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He finished his collegiate career at Auburn ranking in the top five in all kicking categories. As a senior, Parkey made 15-of-21 field goals, 62-of-63 PATs and ranked first in the nation with 69 touchbacks.
With all the offensive line injuries, Cureton could see some preseason action, at least in week four when the starters play sparingly. It’s always nice to see a guy play for his hometown team, even if it’s only for a short time (see: Reitz, Joe).
Meanwhile, we have a highlight reel of Cureton at Cincinnati. Watch for number 79: