Colts general manager Ryan Grigson likes taking on a lot of project players, and another team in the league is apparently impressed enough with one such player that they wanted to sign him. The Miami Dolphins today signed offensive tackle Ulrick John off of the Colts practice squad to their active roster.
The Dolphins placed Cameron Wake on injured reserve with a torn Achilles (a huge loss, to be sure) and needed help at their tackle position, thus the signing of John. Their starting right tackle, Ja'Wuan James, went down with a toe injury on Thursday night that could sideline him a month, according to the Miami Herald.
It's the first time in John's NFL career that he will be on a team's 53-man active roster, so hopefully he'll be able to take advantage of it and impress the Dolphins' staff. He was drafted by the Colts in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia State, and he's a guy that Ryan Grigson liked and wanted to work with. John is a 6-5, 311 pound lineman who spent his rookie 2013 season on injured reserve and was signed to the practice squad at the start of this season as the Colts continued to work with him.
The Dolphins apparently saw something they liked in John, whether in his talent/potential or in his play in preseason, and they've given him a shot on their active roster. The Colts have had a lot of practice squad shuffling today, signing guard Kitt O'Brien and linebacker Josh Martin to the practice squad and waiving safety Sean Baker. That left them with eleven players on the practice squad (ten is the max), so another move was surely coming, but it turns out that it wasn't the Colts making a move but rather the Dolphins signing Ulrick John from Indy's practice squad to the active roster.