The Indianapolis Colts made a roster move today to swap tight ends, as they signed tight end Mike Miller and waived tight end Emil Igwenagu.
Miller (6-6, 255 pounds), of course, originally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of nearby Taylor University this offseason after Carlie Irsay discovered him. He was with the team during offseason workouts but was injured away from the team during the summer, beginning camp on the non-football injury list with an ankle injury. After a few days of not being able to practice to open camp, the Colts waived him - which is simply part of being an undrafted free agent in the NFL. The Colts obviously liked Miller quite a bit, however (which was evident from their praise of him this offseason, too), so now that he’s healthy (we assume) it makes sense for the team to bring him back.
The Colts still have a competition ongoing for their third tight end spot behind Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle, though Erik Swoope has made nice strides toward winning the job - including a good game last night. Chase Coffman has also been seeing a lot of playing time, while Konrad Reuland is also on the roster at the position. Igwenagu was very unlikely to make the roster anyway, so this move makes sense. Due to the missed time in camp and in preseason Miller is unlikely to win a spot on the 53-man roster initially, but he could be a prime practice squad candidate who the team wants to work with some more, so bringing him in again to see what he can do when healthy isn’t a bad idea.