After releasing tight end Rob Myers yesterday, the Colts plucked Matthews from the roster of that UFL juggernaut the Virginia Destroyers, effectively switching out a Clark/Tamme type pass catching TE for a blocking TE.
Let's hope he can destroy a linebacker or two and help pick up some 3rd and shorts. The 6-4, 270lb, Matthews brings with him 8 career catches for 54 yrds. He's not going to make anyone forget Jacques McClendon, last years back up blocking TE, now converted back to a guard, and slated to start Saturday against the Rams.
Does this mean the Colts are moving toward a more power based running attack? I doubt it, I doubt he makes the final roster. Its unlikely the Colts keep a second blocking TE behind Brody Eldridge.
UPDATE: Greg Cowan over at www.coltzilla.com makes a great point. If McClendon locks down a guard spot as a road-grader, perhaps the Colts are shifting toward a power running game in the latter part of Manning's career. At the very least, it suggests more emphasis on plowing open holes for Joseph "Please Don't Get Injured" Addai, Donald "The Human Dreidel" Brown, and Delone "Probable Starter by Week 9" Carter. Rounding out the day, the Colts also released, WR Kole Heckendorf and OT James Williams. In addition, they added Vuna Tuihalamaka, who last year entered Colts training camp under the name, The Flying Death Squirrel. Come September none of these roster moves will mean much.