As LovinBlue posted yesterday, the Colts signed three free agents just days before the start of OTAs. New players Jordan Sisco, Pete Ittersagen, and Marlon Favorite probably have next to zero chance of making the final 53-man roster. If one is lucky, he'll make practice squad.
But, hey, with the Colts you never know. Most of the time, the best players make the team regardless of where they come from.
Favorite is an interesting signing because he was just recently cut by his hometown favorite New Orleans Saints so they could make room for former-Colts running back Chad Simpson. At 6'1, 314 pounds, Favorite seems right to play "Mookie" tackle. Favorite was also on the Saints squad that defeated the Colts in Super bowl 44. From his 2009 Scouting Combine report:
Active, stout defender with long arms. Uses that length to secure tackles on the line. Chases down the line and hustles downfield after plays. His low center of gravity helps him to get under his man's pads and maintain the line of scrimmage against double teams. Has the strength and hand play to shed blocks and tackle the ballcarrier. Effective spin move when coming after the quarterback. Keeps his eyes in the backfield during the pass rush; will fight until the ball is away. Shows quick, violent hand play at times.
Jordan Sisco is an not a surprising signing for some draft pundits and prognosticators. He caught the attention of a few at the East-West Shrine Game:
Jordan Sisco (Regina) continues to shine here in Orlando. He is a very smooth route runner, and his footwork is right on point. His steps are even, and it’s hard for a defensive back to press him and knock him off his route. He can sky to snare the ball, and stands out on comeback routes. A potential interception was ripped away from Alterraun Verner and became a reception for Sisco. He’s the token Canadian player here in the Shrine Game, and has impressed more than other Canadian players in the past.
Unless Sisco can return kicks, or plays lights out on special teams, he will have a hard time making this roster, which is absolutely loaded with quality wide receivers.
Pete Ittersagen was recently with the Jaguars, and was known in college as a return specialist. From Jaguars.com:
Registered school record nine career TD returns (five punt, three INT, one kick) and holds school record with 65 punt returns for 1,075 yards (16.5 avg.)
As a senior returned 25 punts for school-record 464 yards with two for TDs and had three TD returns in the team’s four postseason games
Ittersagen played at Division III Wheaton. His punt return and defensive-playing highlights from college are after the jump.