The Colts made a minor transaction today, signing Arturo Uzdavinis, a 24 year-old offensive tackle, and waived Jerry Ugokwe, a rookie offensive tackle.
The @Colts have signed free agent tackle Arturo Uzdavinis and waived tackle Jerry Ugokwe.— Matt Conti (@ColtsConti) August 2, 2017
Uzdavinis is in his second year in the NFL after being an undrafted free agent in 2016, and has spent time with five different teams (Texans, Bears, Jaguars, Lions, Vikings) in a 14 month span. Joining the Colts makes that six teams in 15 months, and it demonstrates the grind a low-level NFL player must go through just to earn a paycheque. Uzdavinis has good size at 6’7’ 305 pounds, but doesn’t possess great athleticism as his pro day numbers in 2016 were poor.
He ran a 5.37 40-yard dash, had only 16 225 lbs. bench reps and did the 3-cone drill in 8 seconds. At this point, it seems like Uzdavinis is a long-shot to make the active roster, but the practice squad is certainly a possibility.
On the flip-side, the Colts decided to release Jerry Ugokwe, the rookie offensive tackle from William & Mary. Ugokwe was an undrafted free agent in 2017 and had been with the Colts for the past three months. Ugokwe had been getting reps with many other fringe roster players and according to our own Matt Danely, who was present at the practices, he “looked confused and was nothing more than average”.
This transaction is nothing more than a bottom of the roster shuffling, but it does indicate that the Colts are wiling to bring in many different offensive linemen and they’re putting an emphasis on finding good depth for the big boys up front.