Though the Colts had the day off from practice today, that doesn't mean that they have the day off completely, and general manager Ryan Grigson was busy making more roster moves today. The Colts signed wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson, waived-injured cornerback Brandon Burton, and waived wide receiver Greg Moore.
Nu'Keese Richardson is an incredibly talented wide receiver. That talent, however, took a back seat during his collegiate career but is precisely the reason the Colts are giving him a chance. In 2009, Richardson was a highly sought after prospect (a four-star prospect who could throw, catch, and return kicks), and it was expected that he was going to end up at Florida with Urban Meyer but instead signed with Lane Kiffin and Tennessee. In November of 2009, however, Richardson was arrested for armed robbery and kicked off the team. He then transferred to Hampton University, but dropped out later. He then played the 2010 season at Coffeyville Community College (a small school in Kansas). He didn't play anywhere in 2011-12, but then in 2013 he got an opportunity to play for Pikeville (an NAIA school in Kentucky). At Pikeville, he caught 36 passes for 556 and 2 scores, and he racked up a team-leading 892 all-purpose yards. He returned 3 punts for scores and averaged 16.1 yards per return. He continued to work out and got some looks from NFL teams, and today the Colts signed him (information according to this ESPN article on Richardson).
"I'm pretty much just more humble. I'm still the same kid, but I'm just aware of a lot of things. I don't do things I used to do. I don't hang out on the streets. I'm pretty much a homebody. I'm a father, too. I'm just trying to be a responsible man."
Richardson has great hands, incredible speed, and a ton of talent. It took him five years, three teams, and a long road to get here, but he's a very interesting guy for the Colts and one to keep an eye on. Not only is he a very talented receiver, he's a tremendous returner - something the Colts could certainly use. They have shown that they're willing to work with a talented yet troubled wide receiver, providing he behaves, as they have shown with Da'Rick Rogers. Nu'Keese Richardson is just that, and if he can stay out of trouble, he's absolutely a guy to keep an eye on.
Burton was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Bengals in June after playing in 19 career games with the Vikings (who took him in the fifth round in 2011) and Bills. If Burton clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts' injured reserve. Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, waived a week later, and then re-signed in June. He had a good collegiate career at Lane, but the problem he encountered with the Colts was the plethora of receiving talent ahead of him and the fact that several of the other undrafted wide receivers the Colts have on the team also contribute on special teams.