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Colts Claim TE Randall Telfer Off Waivers from Browns, Subsequently Waive Vander Laan

The Colts have claimed TE Randall Telfer off waivers and waived TE Jason Vander Laan

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In an interesting twist of events, the Indianapolis Colts have claimed tight end Randall Telfer off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns and have subsequently waived tight end Jason Vander Laan. Telfer stands 6-4, 250 pounds and is apparently envisioned as an ascending talent at the tight end position.

We should all hope so as Telfer has 5 catches to his name in his short, two-year career. He was a sixth-round pick by the Browns and was actually intended to be traded just days ago for Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Dadi Nicolas. That trade was cancelled, and instead, both players were waived by their respective teams.

Telfer has the feels of Brandon Williams from a year ago, being a player with very limited receptions and is reportedly a solid run blocker at the position. Telfer comes into a tight end room with the Colts that features a nice mix of playmaking ability with new addition Eric Ebron, as well as the ever reliable Jack Doyle, a resurgent Erik Swoope along with up-and-comer Ross Travis.

One thing we know about general manager Chris Ballard is that he’ll constantly be attempting to upgrade this roster, and it’s hard to argue that Telfer is a step up from Vander Laan who has played in only four games and has yet to record a reception in the NFL. This may be a very busy couple of weeks as teams will be unloading players, and you can bet that Ballard will continue to keep his good eye on the waiver wire.