This Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts brought in veteran safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston for visits. There has been some concern that second-year safety Malik Hooker may not be ready to go Week 1 after a torn ACL ended his 2017 season in late October.
All within a few hours, Hooker posted a video showing him running, cutting and driving to the ball on his bum wheel, Vaccaro and Boston had been in for their visit and safety/corner Michael Cirino was signed after his tryout with the team in rookie minicamp. That appeared to be a fairly cut-and-dry situation that simply worked itself out.
But, then ESPN’s Josina Anderson added some real intrigue into the situation with a tweet suggesting there was more to the story.
There have been many responses and suggestions that former 49ers safety Eric Reid should be the Colts’ target if they’re actually looking for the best available safety in this age range. Reid’s situation with the NFL has many presuming that he’s being given the Colin Kaepernick treatment, and Colts owner Jim Irsay was open about not being a fan of the players kneeling during the national anthem.
In October of 2016, Irsay spoke with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell about the dip in ratings and offered this on his feelings about the situation.
“I think it’s the wrong venue,” Irsay told Bell. “It hasn’t been a positive thing. What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers, is when the lights go on we are entertainment. We are being paid to put on a show. There are other places to express yourself.”
Who knows if Reid’s situation has anything to do with what Anderson is referring to, but the context could possibly be needed depending upon what sparked her original tweet.
The Colts have been waiting for T.J. Green to become a player they can count on, and maybe he hasn’t. Matthias Farley played well last year, and Clayton Geathers is widely expected to be full-go this year after playing in the final five games last season. Additionally, there are a couple of young guys attempting to earn a roster spot. So, what could be the underlying truth here?
Boston and Vaccaro have both been pretty productive in their young careers and would be solid additions, but could the Colts really be thinking they don’t have the players to fill-in while Hooker finishes his rehab?
Then there was this response to a Colts fan who was asking for some clarity on her previous tweet in which Anderson doubled down.
So, this tells us there’s a story here. Right? I mean, maybe even something significant it would seem. Being that Boston is more of a free safety, and Vaccaro is a strong safety it feels as though it’s possible there could be a situation brewing in which the Colts sign both.
With this passing through my head, it gives me the inkling that it may not just have to do with Hooker’s injury. Maybe Geathers — a Ryan Grigson product — could possibly be on the way out, or maybe it’s just something as simple as Boston holding down Hooker’s role and someone else is out.
I’m spit-balling right now, but at this point, anything is possible if Chris Ballard feels that he can make a significant move for this roster. So, the question has yet to be answered by Anderson, or the Colts, and the plot thickens.
What began as a somewhat innocuous tweet that may have simply raised a few eyebrows before being scrolled past, has now become something that has my brain overthinking the possibilities that could come out of this.
What’s your guess?