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Colts Waive Wide Receiver Josh Lenz

The Indianapolis Colts made a minor roster move today, waiving wide receiver Josh Lenz.

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With the Indianapolis Colts holding their first OTA today, they have also announced a minor roster move, waiving wide receiver Josh Lenz.  No corresponding move has been announced yet, leaving a spot open on their 90-man offseason roster.

Lenz spent most of the past two seasons on the Colts' practice squad after being signed by the team midway through the 2013 season after spending time with both the Chicago Bears (in training camp) and Seattle Seahawks (on their practice squad to start the 2013 season).  Lenz was promoted to the active roster for the team's divisional round game in the 2013 season against the Patriots, but he didn't play.  In preseason with the Colts in 2014, Lenz caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, averaging 10.8 yards per catch.  He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Colts earlier this year and has so far been going through the offseason workouts with the team, but today they waived him.

To be honest, Lenz wasn't going to make the 53-man roster.  With guys like T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter, Vincent Brown, Griff Whalen, and others competing for five or six roster spots, it was going to be very much of a long shot for Lenz.  He could have provided someone to throw to in camp and in preseason, but that was likely going to be it for him.

The Colts' offseason roster now stands at 86 players out of the 90-man limit for the offseason, but three spots will go to draft picks Phillip Dorsett, D'Joun Smith, and Henry Anderson when they officially sign their contracts, so the roster is essentially at 89 players.  The Colts don't need to be in a rush to sign anyone to fill that spot, but perhaps their move to waive Lenz signifies that a corresponding move could be coming, so stay tuned.