There are always at least a few tryout players each year who participate in a team’s rookie mini-camp and wind up getting signed right after, and we’ve seen plenty of examples of that with the Colts in recent years.
So sure enough, the Indianapolis Colts today have made a number of roster moves a day after wrapping up their rookie mini-camp. The Colts have signed guard Blake Muir, cornerback Dante Blackmon, safety Tyson Graham, wide receiver Al-Damion Riles, and tackle Andrew Wylie. In order to make room on the roster for those players, the Colts have waived center/guard Austin Blythe, cornerback Frankie Williams, wide receiver Jerome Lane, cornerback Chris Lyles, and guard Chris Muller.
The five players who were signed were all participants in Colts rookie mini-camp this past weekend on a tryout basis, as they were just five of a number of tryouts who got a shot. They obviously impressed the Colts enough to earn contracts, and that came at the expense of some others, including three players who had initially signed as undrafted free agents this year (Lane, Lyles, and Muller).
Of course, the most notable names included in this roster move are the two guys who weren’t at rookie mini-camp this weekend: Austin Blythe and Frankie Williams. Blythe was the Colts’ seventh round pick last year, while Williams actually was a tryout player in last year’s rookie mini-camp who wound up signing and then making the 53-man roster.
The Colts had 73 players participating in their rookie mini-camp in total, which is a huge number. That included 40 players on a tryout basis, so it’s no surprise to see some of them wind up with contracts. This should give us a better idea of those players who really stood out too, as these guys are ones the Colts obviously want to keep working with.