The Indianapolis Colts are hosting their mandatory mini-camp this week, and while they have 90 players on their offseason roster, they also have eight tryout players in this week.
Here’s the list of players, according to FOX59’s Mike Chappell. Earlier, we didn’t know for sure what positions those players were trying out at, but the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder later tweeted those out too:
Phillip Adams, CB
Larry Donnell, TE
James Dray, TE
Andrew East, LS
Jeremiah George, ILB
Brandon Greene, TE
Shakiel Randolph, CB
Mark Thomas, WR
Several of the guys in mini-camp as a tryout actually have quite a bit of NFL experience, and some of them might be names that you recognize. Probably the most notable one is Larry Donnell, who spent the last five seasons with the New York Giants, where he played in 54 games (starting 27) and caught 110 passes for 969 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 8.8 yards per catch. In 2014 he had a career year, playing in all 16 games and starting 12 of them as he caught 63 passes for 623 yards and six scores, averaging 9.9 yards per catch.
James Dray is another tight end with NFL experience, having played in 93 games (starting 38) during time spent with the Cardinals, Browns, Bills, and 49ers. He has caught 56 passes for 605 yards and three scores during his NFL career. And cornerback Phillip Adams has also played in a number of games, appearing in 78 and starting eleven during stints with the 49ers, Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders, Jets, and Falcons, though he didn’t play anywhere last year. He has recorded 128 tackles, 15 passes defensed, five picks, and a forced fumble during his time in the NFL.
So there are definitely a few players in particular who are notable, and at the very least they will provide some more competition this week in mini-camp and will give the Colts an opportunity to see more players, some of whom they might want to continue to work with and continue to have around. We’ll have to wait and see whether anything comes of these tryouts, but they’re at least getting the chance to work with the Colts in mini-camp this week.