The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Eric Patterson, bringing their roster once again to 90 players. After signing Dionte Savage and waiving Matt Hall and Kitt O'Brien last night, the Colts had an open roster spot that was filled today by the signing of Patterson.
A 5-10, 193 pound corner, Patterson played collegiately at Ball State, where he played in 41 games (starting 28) and recorded 189 tackles (nine for loss), a sack, 27 passes defensed, six picks, and three forced fumbles. In 2014, Patterson started nine games and played well enough to be named third-team All-Mid-American Conference. He also was named first-team All-MAC as a kick returner. The New England Patriots originally signed him as an undrafted free agent this May but waived him a month later, on June 9.
Patterson gives the Colts some depth at cornerback, a spot they can always use more depth at during training camp and preseason. He's also a player with some talent who the Colts want to give a chance, though Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler, D'Joun Smith, and Jalil Brown seen to have the top five spots on the depth chart currently. Hopefully Patterson makes the most of this opportunity and makes himself necessary, as Chuck Pagano would say, but he'll face an uphill battle for a roster spot.