A fan favorite has reportedly been released by the Indianapolis Colts, though it comes as no surprise. According to the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder, the Colts will release outside linebacker Daniel Adongo.
Adongo was originally signed as a big project player by Ryan Grigson, as he was a rugby player in Africa who the Colts turned into a football player. During his first training camp he was just learning the game of American football, and little things like putting on his equipment were things he needed help with. When thinking back to that moment, it's pretty incredible just how far he has come. Last year in training camp, he showed significant improvement - particularly in the area of pass rush - but was injured early in the preseason and lost for the season. This year, he made his biggest push yet for the active roster, but he didn't do a ton in games and, with plenty of other options at outside linebacker, this comes as no surprise.
It's significant to note how far he has come, and he still seems like a guy the Colts might stash on their practice squad, but it's no surprise to see him cut and not make the 53-man roster. The team has Robert Mathis, Trent Cole, Jonathan Newsome, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner, and Cam Johnson all ahead of Adongo, and it's no guarantee at all that the team keeps those six, much less seven (which probably would have been Adongo). It's rough, but it's not unexpected.
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