The Indianapolis Colts made a couple of roster moves today, as they signed tight end Chase Coffman, placed running back Tyler Varga on the reserve/did not report list, and waived cornerback Daniel Davie.
The Colts adding a tight end shouldn’t surprise anyone, as earlier this afternoon the team placed Darion Griswold on the PUP list and Mike Miller on the NFI list, leaving just Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope, and Emil Igwenagu at the position. Chase Coffman (6-6, 250 pounds) has played in 37 career games (starting three) and has caught 18 passes for 177 yards and two scores. The Cincinnati Bengals originally drafted him in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri, and he spent the first three seasons (2009-2011) of his career in Cincinnati. He was with the Atlanta Falcons from 2012-2013, then was with the Tennessee Titans in 2014 and 2015, and he also spent time in 2015 with the Seattle Seahawks. He will join the competition for the third tight end spot that will be going on in camp.
The most interesting part of these roster moves, of course, is the fact that running back Tyler Varga was placed on the reserve/did not report list. This means exactly what you’d think it to mean: he didn’t show up to training camp. We don’t know why that is and so it’s important to note that this is just speculation, but it’s hard not to wonder whether it has to do with his concussion history. Last year, he suffered a very serious concussion that caused him to miss most of the season. His experience with the concussion was detailed by the Indianapolis Star’s Zak Keefer this past summer, and it was serious enough that he wondered whether he’d play football again. It’s just speculation, but I do wonder whether him not reporting has to do with that concussion and with him perhaps deciding to move on from football. Nonetheless, it’s a hit to the running back depth chart and competition.
Daniel Davie was waived after spending the offseason program with the Colts, who originally signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska after the 2016 Draft ended.