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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/19/16

Wednesday’s practice squad changes:

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

Signed: LB Deion Barnes (Twitter link via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star)

Washington Redskins

Colts Claim Lavar Edwards, Cut Darryl Morris

The Colts have claimed outside linebacker Lavar Edwards off waivers from the Panthers and cut cornerback Darryl Morris, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

Lavar Edwards (featured)

Edwards, whom the Panthers waived Tuesday, will now join his eighth organization since entering the NFL as a fifth-round pick of the Titans in 2013. The 26-year-old has only seen regular-season action with half of those teams, and he has just 17 appearances and one start to his name. Edwards suited up for five of the Panthers’ first six games this year before they parted with him. Along the way, he picked up five tackles and the first sack of his career.

Morris, also 26, saw action in the Colts’ first six contests this season and logged one start, though Pro Football Focus ranks his 2016 performance just 93rd among 112 qualifying corners. Prior to signing with the Colts in early September, Morris combined for 36 appearances and a start as a member of the 49ers and Texans from 2013-15. Morris joined the Jets as a free agent in March, but he was unable to survive their final roster cuts.

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AFC Workout Notes: Colts, Chiefs, Ravens, Pats

Free agent receiver Aaron Dobson visited the Colts on Tuesday, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN (Twitter link). Dobson has worked out for several teams and had multiple stints with the Lions since the Patriots cut him Sept. 3. The three-year veteran has 53 receptions and four touchdowns in 24 games (13 starts).

The Colts also worked out running back David Cobb (Twitter link). The former Titan has tried out for a bevy of clubs since Tennessee cut him in August. Cobb briefly caught on with the Steelers, who waived him from their practice squad last week.

Along with Dobson and Cobb, receiver Marcus Leak, tight ends Alex Bayer and Darion Griswold, and linebackers Trevor Reilly and James Vaughters tried out with the Colts, tweets Howard Balzer of USA Today.

More workouts from the AFC (courtesy of Caplan, unless otherwise noted):

  • In addition to defensive end Kendall Reyes, whom they signed, the Chiefs tried out fellow DE Lynden Trail on Tuesday, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate (Twitter link). Joining them were linebackers Deion Barnes, Randell Johnson, and Kyle Kragen.
  • Veteran offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday (Twitter link). Reynolds has been on the radar of a few teams since Los Angeles released him prior to Week 1. The 29-year-old has 42 appearances and 23 starts on his resume.
  • The Patriots tried out out two offensive tackles – Ryan Mack and Pearce Slater – as well as defensive end Jordan Williams, reports Doug Kyed of NESN (via Twitter).
  • Along with linebacker Quentin Gaus and tight end Steven Scheu, both of whom joined their practice squad, the Broncos worked out linebackers Lenny Jones, J.R. Tavai and Kyrie Wilson; defensive ends Deonte Gibson, Ian Seau and Josh Shirley; and safety Elijah Shumate (Twitter links via Balzer).
  • The Texans worked out safety Don Jones and a pair of cornerbacks, Denzel Rice and Charles Gaines (Twitter link).
  • Running back Mekale McKay and Jhurell Pressley tried out for the Jets, according to Balzer (Twitter link).
  • Three tight ends – Kivon Cartwright, Tim Semisch and Gannon Sinclair – worked out for the Titans, tweets Balzer.

Colts Promote Tevaun Smith

  • The Colts announced that they have elevated wide receiver Tevaun Smith from their practice squad to the 53-man roster. Smith will take the place of fellow wideout Quan Bray, who’s now on IR with an ankle injury (via Kevin Bowen of the team’s website). Bray has only three catches this year, but he is the Colts’ primary return man.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/18/16

Tuesday’s practice squad transactions:

Baltimore Ravens 

Cleveland Browns

  • Signed: DB Darius Hillary, WR Jordan Leslie
  • Cut: E.J. Bibbs

Denver Broncos

  • Signed: LB Quentin Gause, TE Steven Scheu (Twitter link via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post)
  • Cut: WR Mose Frazier, LB Richard Cliett

Detroit Lions

  • Signed: LB Brandon Chubb

Indianapolis Colts

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

  • Signed: DL Royce LaFrance (Twitter link via Nick Underhill of The Advocate)

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Signed: OL Don Cherry
  • Cut: G Darrell Greene

San Francisco 49ers

  • Signed: WR DeAndre Smelter
  • Cut: WR Dres Anderson

Seattle Seahawks

  • Signed: DT Justin Hamilton (Twitter link via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times)
  • Cut: DE Sterling Bailey

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Colts Sign TE Chase Coffman

The Colts announced that they have signed tight end Chase Coffman. The deal could be a sign that tight end Dwayne Allen will be out for an extended period of time. Chase Coffman (vertical)

[RELATED: Ryan Grigson On Draft, Free Agency, Defense]

Allen suffered a sprained ankle during Sunday night’s disappointing loss to the Texans. Officially, Allen is “week-to-week,” but it doesn’t sound like we should expect to see him suit up on Sunday against the Titans. For however long Allen is out, Coffman will provide depth at tight end behind Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope.

The good news is that Doyle has been having a strong year and should be able to capitalize on additional targets while Allen is sidelined. On Sunday, Doyle caught all four of his targets for 53 yards and one touchdown. His best game this year came in Week 3 against the Chargers when he caught six passes for 65 yards.

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Dwayne Allen Suffers Sprained Ankle

  • After leaving last night’s game against Houston, an MRI revealed that Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has a sprained ankle and is now week-to-week, according to Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link). As Rapoport notes, that designation likely means that Allen is set to be sidelined for at least some time. Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope will hold down the fort at tight end until Allen can return.

Ryan Grigson On Draft, Free Agency, Defense

The Colts managed to win their Week 5 game despite coming off the London trip without a bye, but they’re not exactly on the level they were during the early years of Andrew Luck‘s career, having gone 10-11 over the past 21 games. Ryan Grigson‘s served as GM since the team’s latest franchise quarterback arrived and has come under fire for some of the organization’s decisions in recent years and most recently his comments regarding Luck’s contract constraining the team from building a defense.

He spoke with WTHR’s Bob Kravitz about some of the primary issues facing the team.

On the Colts’ track record in the drafts for which he was responsible:

If you went just chronologically, 2012 is arguably one of the best drafts in Colts history. I say that with a straight face; I don’t know if there is one better. [Is] 2013 as good as 2012 was? You know, it wasn’t. But I do include Vontae [Davis] in that group; he was a second-round pick that we used for that draft [via trade], and he ended up being our second-most impactful player, I would say, on our team the last five years. I think it’s fair to say. But from ’14 through ’16, we’ve got 11 starters, and in the last two years, I think we’ve done really well, and have really nailed the last two drafts.”

On the team’s somewhat maligned reputation in bringing in outside free agents in recent years.

Not good enough. A lot of times going in, it is a losing proposition. A lot of times the house does win with free agency, and that’s the old adage, and that’s something that Jim Irsay’s even exclaimed. … It’s got to be better, and now we’re going to have to be a lot more selective with our free agents. … But the other thing, I think, that gets left out of the equation a lot is how our contracts are structured for these free agents. We have a lot of flexibility in the out years, and it keeps us in really good cap health because we’ve been very disciplined in our approach from a cap sense.”

On the notion Indianapolis’ defense — currently ranked 30th — will be more of a grass-roots build because of the extensions given to Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Anthony Castonzo.

I’m being completely transparent of where we are fiscally, the environment we’re in when you make those type of investments. Not only signing your own and the huge contracts we did — and that’s T.Y., [Castonzo], all those guys including our quarterback — you’re in a different fiscal environment than you’ve ever been in before. That’s just the facts. That’s reality. But we have to be able to, within that environment, we have to be able to hit like no other on the draft; those select free agents that we are able to sign, that we do have the funds to sign, we have to nail them.

“I have to be able to find [contributors] late in the draft, because our resources are shrunk to a degree. I do like always trying to acquire extra picks, and we’ve been successful doing that in every draft for the most part, so the more picks you get, the better; the more comp picks you get, the better.”

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Practice Squad Updates: 10/14/16

Friday’s practice squad moves:

Indianapolis Colts

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Signed: G Darrell Greene
  • Cut: LB Don Cherry

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • To be signed on Monday: TE Tevin Westbrook (Twitter link via agent Brett Tessler)