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Colts Try Out Wide Receivers J.J. Nelson, Ventell Bryant

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According to The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts tried out a pair of wide receivers on Thursday: J.J. Nelson and Ventell Bryant:

Regarding Nelson, the former 2015 5th round pick of the Arizona Cardinals has also played with the Oakland Raiders (2019) and San Francisco 49ers practice squad (2020).

The 5’10”, 160 pound diminutive deep threat has 85 receptions for 1,475 receiving yards (17.4 ypr. avg.) and 11 touchdown receptions during 58 career games (16 starts).

At the 2015 NFL Combine, Nelson had the fastest forty time with a 4.28 forty yard dash.

He enjoyed some early career success with the Arizona Cardinals (catching 34 receptions for 568 receiving yards and 6 touchdown receptions in 2016), but he has struggled finding a new NFL home over the past two seasons.

Nelson’s elite speed could theoretically help replace Parris Campbell—who’s still on injured reserve for the Colts, with his ability to stretch the field.

Meanwhile, Bryant is a former 2019 undrafted free agent that was signed out of Temple by the Cincinnati Bengals and later played for the Dallas Cowboys (2019-20).

At 6’3”, 205 pounds, Bryant is a bigger receiver than Nelson and has 1 career reception for 15 yards and a touchdown, which he caught during Thanksgiving Day of the 2019 season for Dallas.

He’s appeared in 12 career games—all with the Cowboys in 2019.

Bryant finished his collegiate career as Temple’s all-time leading wide receiver with 173 receptions for 2,444 receiving yards, as well as 10 touchdown receptions.

He assuredly had some heated battles at Temple with Colts’ 2019 second round cornerback Rock Ya-Sin at Owls’ practices.

The Colts also received a visit from former practice squad member, running back Darius Jackson, who was waived from the team’s taxi squad earlier this week to make space for wide receiver Daurice Fountain.