The Indianapolis Colts today signed another safety, adding undrafted rookie Lee Hightower.
Hightower was invited to the Houston Texans’ rookie mini-camp earlier this offseason on a tryout basis, but he didn’t sign a deal. Collegiately, he began at Boise State (where he played in 2011 and 2012), then transferred to the University of Houston. He sat out the 2013 season, then in his final two seasons he played in 20 games (starting seven) and recorded 65 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble. He played corner in college, but the Colts are apparantly moving him to safety.
The Colts are in desperate need of bodies at safety for training camp and preseason, as starter Clayton Geathers is on the NFI list and rookie T.J. Green just returned to practice yesterday after sitting out several days with a calf strain. Furthermore, rookie safety Andrew Williamson was waived-injured yesterday. With the team’s first preseason game coming this Sunday and the starters (Mike Adams) unlikely to play much more than a series, the Colts will simply need guys to be able to take reps both in practice and in the game. That’s likely where the signing of Lee Hightower comes in, as even though he’s a long shot to make the roster he’s a much-needed addition to the roster at this point.