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Colts Claimed Former Carolina Panthers Tight End Andrew Vollert Off Waivers

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers-OTA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts announced on Friday that the team claimed former Carolina Panthers tight end Andrew Vollert off of waivers:

The 6’5”, 245 pound tight end was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018 out of Weber State by the Arizona Cardinals, but he’s also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, and most recently, the Panthers during his early NFL career.

He unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in preseason of last year and missed the entire 2019 season before being waived by the Chargers in early August of this month.

Having transferred from San Jose State, Vollert earned 2x All-American and 2x All-Big Sky honors during his 2-year collegiate career at Weber State (2016-17)—where he was also 2016 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.

Here’s what’s been previously said on Vollert:

The Colts could currently use the additional tight end depth, as veteran Jack Doyle (neck) has recently missed two straight training camp practices, Mo Alie-Cox has just begun practicing after being activated off of PUP, and tight end Xavier Grimble has also recently been out of practice commission.

Vollert is a big bodied tight end, who has some speed, athleticism, and can stretch the field vertically—if he can potentially find a way to fight his way onto the Colts active roster.