In a bottom of the roster move, the Indianapolis Colts today waived undrafted free agent rookie tight end Colin Jeter from LSU and claimed former undrafted free agent tight end Henry Krieger-Coble from the Denver Broncos.
#Colts claimed TE Henry Krieger-Coble off waivers from #Broncos.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 30, 2017
This kind of thing shows just how difficult it can be to litter the bottom of a roster as training camp begins.
#Colts waived UDFA TE Colin Jeter, who apparently was cut after practice today. Tough business.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 30, 2017
What the Colts gain in Krieger-Coble is experience — at least relative to Jeter. What they lose is size and potential blocking prowess as Jeter was previously referred to as a throwback tight end by his coach at LSU. At a reported 6’6” and 265 pounds it would seem that the mammoth-sized player could be a sixth offensive lineman. After only one day of training camp, however, it appears Indianapolis will move on.
There is a very good chance that the Colts have improved from a talent-perspective with the move. Krieger-Coble made a strong impression on the Broncos in his rookie season. He was even activated to the Broncos active roster late in the season last year. Beyond that, fans were relatively confident that if Denver was going to keep four tight ends on the active roster, Krieger-Coble was likely going to be one of them.
The biggest impression he left on his former team, its fans, and local media was that he had excellent hands as a receiver.
Hands like glue. Would love to see him progress and make the 53. #Broncos @1043TheFan https://t.co/8hxJaM47Op— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) June 13, 2017
Given that the third tight end position is up for grabs in Indianapolis, Krieger-Coble may very well present the type of competition that Chris Ballard talks about so much. With Darrell Daniels sitting out of training camp practice today and Brandon Williams as the only other tight end on the roster with any previous experience, he may well find himself with a real chance to make the active roster.