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Colts waive cornerback Josh Mitchell

The Colts today waived cornerback Josh Mitchell, who spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve.

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The Indianapolis Colts made a minor roster move today, as they waived cornerback Josh Mitchell.

Mitchell was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska last offseason, but he was apparantly injured during the team's rookie mini-camp and waived-injured on May 26.  He cleared waivers and thus reverted to the team's injured reserve, where he stayed for the entirety of the 2015 season.  At Nebraska, he played in 47 games (starting 26) and recorded 104 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, 25 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble.  He was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2014 as a senior and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten.

At best, Mitchell was likely going to be competing for a depth spot, so his release doesn't really shake up the depth chart much.  At the top, the Colts have Vontae Davis and newcomer Patrick Robinson, the likely starters.  Behind them, Darius Butler is a solid slot cornerback while D'Joun Smith will be looking to earn playing time either outside or in the slot.  As far as depth goes, then, Jalil Brown, Tay Glover-Wright, and Tevin Mitchel are currently on the roster with likely one (maybe two) spots open - and this is before the draft, where the Colts could add another corner depending on how things play out.  In other words, waiving Josh Mitchell doesn't do much at all to the team's depth chart at cornerback.  Hopefully, he'll get a shot somewhere else to prove himself when healthy.