The Indianapolis Colts have struggled on special teams in recent weeks, allowing a punt return for a touchdown in each of the past two weeks. In fact, they have allowed three returns for scores on the season, tied for the most in a single year in franchise history. As a result, the Colts have made some moves this week in an effort to improve their special teams units, as they signed outside linebacker Andy Studebaker on Tuesday. With the corresponding roster moves, however, they had an open spot on their 53-man roster, which they filled today. The team announced that they have claimed safety Akeem Davis off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
Davis was an undrafted free agent out of Memphis in 2013 and was not signed by a team despite getting a tryout at rookie mini-camp. The Washington Redskins signed him in 2014 after he didn't play football for a year, and he played in 13 games for the Redskins that season. This year, he was waived with an injury settlement by the Redskins shortly before the regular season started. Once healthy, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he played in two games before getting waived. He then spent some time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad, and most recently was signed by the Seattle Seahawks - playing in one game with Seattle. In his career, he has played in 16 games and has recorded 13 tackles and a forced fumble. He was active for the Saints' game against the Colts earlier this year, where he played 27 special teams snaps and recorded two tackles, a forced fumble (that was recovered by the Colts), and a fumble recovery (that was negated by offsetting penalties).
The Colts don't have to make a roster move to clear space for Davis, as they waived both guard Todd Herremans and inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera yesterday despite signing just Andy Studebaker. Thus the claiming of Davis brings their roster back to 53 players and gives them another potential contributor on special teams. While the Colts' coverage units have been shaky in recent weeks, at least they're making moves trying to address that concern.