Both Lobato and Lyn were signed as undrafted free agents by the Colts this offseason and both were long shots to make the 53-man roster. Lobato was stuck behind Andrew Luck, Matt Hasselbeck, and Chandler Harnish on the depth chart, so his release is not surprising whatsoever. The release of Keon Lyn, however, was a bit surprising, as I (along with many others) thought he had potential and could have possibly brought solid competition. The reason for Lyn's release, however, was injury:
@MyColtsAccount they didnt have patience enough to see what I had in store. Didn't practice yet because injury from college. Patience is key— K€0n L¥n (@KeonLyn8) June 3, 2014
While it sucks and it's tough that Lyn was released despite the fact that he hadn't yet practiced, the reality is that team's just don't have the patience to wait a long time on an undrafted free agent to get healthy. If they were irreplaceable, they would have been drafted - simple as that. It's tough, but that's life in the NFL and there was absolutely nothing that the Colts did wrong.
The team did fill both roster spots today by signing two more players, one at the same position that Lyn played. Adams (5-11, 177 pounds) was actually signed by the Colts on August 13th of last year, though was released less than two weeks later. He appeared in four games with the Buffalo Bills in 2013 on special teams. Collegiately at Michigan State, he played in 54 games (starting 39) and was a three-time All Big Ten player. He finished his career ranked tenth in school history in interceptions (11), fifth in passes defensed (35), and fourth in interception return yards (230).
The other player the Colts signed is a center, another position where they could use some more help and depth. Lutz (6-3, 290 pounds) went undrafted this year out of Indiana State, where he started 42 out of 44 career games for the Sycamores, starting every game at center in the past two seasons.