The Colts signed undrafted rookie defensive end Gannon Conway this morning, waiving offensive tackle Eric Pike to make room on the roster. With the injury to back DT Jeris Pendelton, Indianapolis may be in need of more healthy interior defensive linemen, while they fortunately remain healthy at tackle for now.
A little on each player from Colts.com:
Conway, 6-4, 280 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts on June 11, 2014 and was waived on July 16. He was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 before being waived on May 16. In 30 career games (14 starts) at Arizona State, Conway recorded 51 tackles (33 solo), nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two passes defensed. As a senior in 2013, he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 recognition after starting all 14 games and posting 38 tackles (24 solo), seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two passes defensed.
Pike was first signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014. He was a four-year starter at left tackle for Towson and was a co-captain during his senior season. In 2013, Pike was named a Football Championship Series All-America selection as the Tigers compiled a 10-2 regular season record while reaching the NCAA FCS Championship Game.
The NFL is no stranger to small school offensive linemen who stood out in college making a successful jump from relative anonymity to professional football player, and Pike could be back, depending on injuries and luck.
Meanwhile, Conway has spent eight days on two different NFL teams. He wasn’t a regular starter until his senior year at ASU, which certainly has kept him under the radar. However, sometimes these one-year college starters can develop into good finds as they progress.
Before any of that happens, of course, Conway, like any UDFA (Pendleton, for example) will need to stand out among the reserves in a couple of preseason games. For now, how about some videos of the new guy?
Conway forcing some negative plays against Utah (Watch number 95):
Conway in community college (Watch for number 91):