General manager Chris Ballard, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs organization, brought plenty of former Chiefs to Indianapolis last season including tight end Ross Travis.
Travis was waived by Kansas City in late November last year, and the Colts immediately scooped him up for the final four games of the season.
He caught two passes on five targets over those four games for 33 yards receiving. He caught five passes on 12 targets for 43 yards in 11 games for Kansas City before getting waived.
Travis is a former college basketball player from his time at Penn State and is just getting used to playing football again after taking eight years off from the sport following his freshman year of high school.
Travis obviously has incredible vertical leaping ability from his basketball days, and he has very good size for a receiving tight end at 6’ 6” and 248 pounds.
Unfortunately, the Colts might not have room on their roster for a developmental tight end.
Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle will surely be the top two tight ends coming into the regular season, and Frank Reich will often use them together in his new offense.
Also, Erik Swoope is expected to be healthy again after missing all of last year following offseason knee surgery. Swoope is in a similar mold as Ross Travis being a former basketball player, but he’s much more proven at the NFL level with a year of solid production under his belt.
Chris Ballard would have to be in love with Travis’ upside to carry four tight ends on the Colts’ regular season roster. Hopefully Ballard can stash Travis on the practice squad and let him continue to develop.