The Indianapolis Colts made a roster move today, swapping out tight ends. They signed tight end Nick Truesdell and waived tight end Mike Miller from the non-football injury list.
Truesdell (6-5, 245 pounds) has had a long journey trying to get to the NFL. He started his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati before transferring to Grand Rapids Community College. Though he wasn’t signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals invited him to their rookie minicamp and the Tennessee Titans also tried him out. In 2014, the Green Bay Packers invited him to try out at their rookie minicamp as well. He played with the Bemdiji Axemen and Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League in 2014, and then most recently spent time in the Arena Football League. In 2014 and 2015 he played for the AFL’s Spokane Shock, catching 33 passes for 355 yards and seven scores in 2014 and 80 passes for 977 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015. Most recently, he spent some time with the AFL’s Portland Steel, catching 15 passes for 200 yards and eight scores. He played wide receiver, but it appears the Colts have interest in trying him at tight end.
Mike Miller was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent earlier this offseason out of Taylor University. He had the size and athleticism to make him an intriguing player to keep an eye on at the tight end competition, but he suffered an ankle injury away from the team and began camp on the non-football injury list. If you’re an undrafted free agent and can’t get on the field in training camp, it’s no surprise to see the team move on.
The Colts are making some moves at tight end looking to add competition for Erik Swoope at the third tight end spot, as they signed Emil Igwenagu a week before camp began and signed Chase Coffman earlier this week, adding to a group that already included undrafted free agent Darion Griswold (who is on the PUP list to start camp).