One of the undrafted free agents signed by the Colts didn't have to go far to join his new team. Tight end Justin Sinz played collegiately at Purdue, which is just over an hour away from Indianapolis. Sinz will be looking to earn a spot on the Colts' roster at the tight end position as he competes in offseason work and training camp.
Sinz came to Purdue after a successful high school career that saw earn the Wisconsin Player of the Year in his senior year and saw him make all-state at three different positions - quarterback, strong safety, and kicker - as his team went on to win the state championship. At Purdue he switched to tight end, and in his four years there he caught 80 passes for 670 yards and seven touchdowns - playing in a bad offense with bad quarterback play for much of his time there. He caught a pass in each of the last 24 games he played in, proving to be a consistent, reliable target.
He has been working with the Colts this offseason through workouts, practices, and mini-camps to get up to speed and make himself noticed, and that is something that he will continue to do in training camp. The Colts have talent at the tight end position that will make it more difficult for Sinz to earn a spot, however. Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener make up one of the top tight end duos in the NFL and they are clearly the top two on the Colts' roster. Jack Doyle figures to be the number three tight end as a blocker, which may leave only one more spot. Unless Sinz can beat out Doyle (which is probably unlikely), then he may be competing with a number of other players for one more spot - and that's if the Colts opt to keep four tight ends. Erik Swoope, Sean McGrath, and Justin Sinz would be those competing there, and Swoope would figure to have the advantage based on the fact that he has been with the Colts for over a year now and seems to be continuing to improve. Sinz is a good receiving tight end, however, and if he can show that enough in training camp and preseason with the Colts, he might be able to make a push for a roster spot, or at least a spot on the practice squad.