The Indianapolis Colts have designated wide receivers Tevaun Smith and Chris Briggs as waived-injured. They have replaced the two with wide receiver Valdez Showers and running back George Winn. If Smith and Briggs clear waivers, they will land on the team’s Injured Reserve List.
Showers has no NFL experience but spent time with the Washington Redskins in 2016 when they signed him as an undrafted free agent. He was waived during training camp. He played collegiately at Florida (46 games) and had 26 receptions for 197 yards (7.6 avg) and 2 touchdowns as well as 13 carries for 98 yards (7.5 avg). He also returned 8 kickoffs for 113 yards (14.1 avg). Showers played defensive back, running back and wide receiver for the Gators. He has decent size at 6-0 and 198 pounds, and NFLDraftScout.com registered him with a 4.51 forty-yard dash.
Winn is actually a somewhat seasoned NFL veteran. He went undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2013, and Indianapolis is now his eighth team. In 19 games, he has 23 carries for 74 yards (3.2 avg) and 2 kickoff returns for 28 yards (14.0 avg). The 5-11, 215-pound back is mostly a between-the-tackles ball-carrier.
Winn has been with the Houston Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), Detroit Lions (2014-’16) and New York Giants (2016).
Smith was/is a promising prospect for the Colts who spent his rookie 2016 season on the practice squad. The team signed him as a UDFA last spring, and he made two appearances during the season.
The Colts signed Briggs this June after he was waived by the Seattle Seahawks. At 6-5, 220, he falls right in line with what the Colts have been looking for in their new receivers. Collegiately at Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi, he caught 37 balls for 536 yards (14.5 avg) and 3 touchdowns.
Both Briggs and Smith have missed recent practice time.