The Indianapolis Colts will report to training camp on July 26 with their 90-man roster, which will be cut down to 53 players by the end of the preseason. To pass the time until camp, we're taking a look at every player on the Colts' 90-man roster. Today, we're looking at quarterback Josh Woodrum.
Who is he?
Quarterback Josh Woodrum was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent this offseason, though he has the distinction of already being on multiple NFL rosters. He was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent shortly after the NFL Draft, and in fact he was a player the Giants really liked. They were calling him during the draft to let him know they wanted to sign him if he wasn't drafted, while they also gave him a $20,000 signing bonus - a large amount for an undrafted player. Because of that, it was very curious and surprising when the Giants waived him following rookie mini-camp. The Colts claimed him off of waivers and he has been on their offseason roster ever since. It's unclear why the Giants moved on from a player they liked so quickly - Big Blue View's Ed Valentine wrote that Woodrum was impressive with his play during mini-camp - and we'll probably never find out for sure, but what we do know is that he's now a member of the Colts. Woodrum played collegiately at Liberty, where he completed 63.9% of his passes for 10,266 yards and 59 touchdowns in 46 games (starting 44). He also added 424 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing during his career. He was a three-time Second Team All-Big South honoree and is Liberty's all-time leader in passing yards and total offensive yards.
What is his role?
Woodrum was one of the top undrafted quarterbacks in this year's class and is someone to certainly keep an eye on, as he could be a candidate for the practice squad. With Scott Tolzien signed as a free agent this offseason it's unlikely that Woodrum will win the backup job, and it's also unlikely that the Colts would carry three quarterbacks unless they're concerned about Andrew Luck's health (and there's no reason to believe that they are). So that means that it could come down to Josh Woodrum and Stephen Morris competing for the spot of practice squad quarterback where the Colts can continue to develop him. At this point I'd say Morris might have the slight edge, but Woodrum is an intriguing prospect who could earn a spot - even if on the practice squad - with an impressive training camp.
What are his chances?
Though unlikely to win the backup quarterback job, Josh Woodrum could very well compete for a spot on the practice squad.