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 wide receiver Josh Stangby.
Who is he?
The Colts' roster is filled with plenty of young receiving talent, some of whom are undrafted rookies and some of whom have minimal experience. Josh Stangby (5-10, 185 pounds) falls into the latter category, as he officially has a year of experience but hasn't played in a game in his NFL career. Last year, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons, but after just a few days on their roster he was released. He went most of the offseason program, training camp, preseason, and regular season without finding a spot, but the Colts eventually signed him to their practice squad on December 21. After the season ended, the Colts signed him to a reserve/future contract. Collegiately, Stangby spent time at Los Angeles Valley College before transferring to play his final two years at Ottawa University. He was a two-time All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree as he caught 84 passes for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns during his time at the school (averaging 17.4 yards per catch).
What is his role?
The Colts do have some spots at wide receiver open, though Josh Stangby seems like a long shot to win one of them. There's a lot of competition at the position, including several intriguing undrafted rookies and a couple of guys with at least some NFL experience, so Stangby will have to really impress to earn a spot. The good news for him is that there are indeed spots to earn if he impresses in training camp and in preseason, but like a number of players on 90-man rosters throughout the NFL, Stangby faces an uphill battle.
What are his chances?
Not great, but at least there are spots open for him to win with a very impressive showing in camp.