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Colts Sign OLB Caeser Rayford (Utah Blaze, AFL)

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As reported last night and by Josh Wilson via twitter:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Colts">#Colts</a> signed 6-7, 265 lb OLB Caesar Rayford. Has spent time in both AFL and CFL. Recorded 22.5 sacks and 6 blocked kicks past 3 years.</p>— Josh Wilson (@Coltsfanwilson) <a href="https://twitter.com/Coltsfanwilson/status/337788438860414976">May 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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A quick stat run down by the Colts:

Rayford, 6-7, 265 pounds, spent the last three seasons with the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League where he totaled 68 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, 16 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. He also blocked six kicks, including an AFL single-season record five in 2011. In 2012, Rayford started all 18 games and recorded 21 tackles (17 solo), 7.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Prior to joining the Blaze, he played for the Spokane Shock of the AFL and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Rayford played in 35 games at the University of Washington and recorded 13 tackles (seven solo), 5.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. As a senior in 2007, he tallied career highs with 10 tackles and 4.0 sacks in 13 games.

With this move, the Colts cut LB Jake Killen. This seems like a signing that will help bring some more competition to the Colts defense this training camp, especially to the OLB position. Rayford has spent his AFL time as a defensive end, which would mean another DE converted to OLB for the Colts. He has some pretty impressive stat lines, and all of the passes defended, forced fumbles, recoveries, and TFL lead me to believe he has the athleticism to make the transition (I know, it's the AFL, but still...). Here is a highlight video you can find him in:

Utah Blaze vs. Georgia Force Highlights 6/23/12 (via utahblaze)

Overall, he seems like a nice guy who loves the sprt of football and is very grateful for the oppurtunity, ready to work his ass off and try to make the team:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>God works in amazing ways truly blessed. Got a call from the Indianapolis Colts leaving today for a workout wish me luck <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23TeamBringIT">#TeamBringIT</a>!!!!!</p>— Caesar Rayford (@CaesaRay85) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaesaRay85/status/337203444035248129">May 22, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I like to first of all thank The Lord because thru him I can do anything and it's been a long journey but Feeling so blessed right not INDY!</p>&mdash; Caesar Rayford (@CaesaRay85) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaesaRay85/status/337737210092728320">May 24, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Inside Blaze Training Camp 2012 with DE Caesar Rayford (via utahblaze)

I like these signings a lot. They add competition; which only leads to increased talent and work ethics overall (imagine a guy most likely making the team getting pushed around and sweating because of a no-namer out of the AFL - LOVE IT), open the door for a diamond in the rough with little to no impact cap-wise, and most importantly gives us something to talk about during the boring months of late May and June.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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