The Indianapolis Colts made some roster moves today, promoting cornerback Sheldon Price and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton from the practice squad to the active roster and signing center Thomas Austin, defensive end Jake McDonough, and running back Tauren Poole to the practice squad.
Pendleton was signed to the Colts practice squad earlier this month and was a seventh round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, but played in only four games and made just one tackle for them in his rookie season before being released this offseason. He spent training camp with the Dallas Cowboys but was released toward the end of the preseason.
Price was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent this offseason and after training camp and preseason he was signed to the practice squad. The former UCLA standout played in 47 games (starting 45) and recorded 157 tackles, 5 picks, 21 pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.
I liked Price's chances of making the roster at the start of the season by the time training camp began, but Price looked really overwhelmed in camp and preseason and was bad at many points. It was no surprise that he was cut, but it was also no surprise that he was signed to the practice squad, as then he could continue to work and develop. Hopefully he has improved quite a bit and is ready to begin working on the active roster. He probably won't see a lot of snaps with the defense, but it will still be good for him to be working and he could play some on special teams.
As far as the practice squad guys go, Austin was just released from the active roster not to long ago but has spent time on the Colts' practice squad earlier this year as well. McDonough was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jets earlier this offseason out of Iowa State but was released before training camp began. Poole was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012 but spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. He spent some time on the Panthers' practice squad this year before being released mid-season.