The Indianapolis Colts announced on Friday that the team claimed former Carolina Panthers tight end Andrew Vollert off of waivers:
Indianapolis Colts claimed Hard Knocks’ standout and former Chargers’ tight end Andrew Vollert off waivers from Carolina.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2020
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:
TE Andrew Vollert is a good athlete. At his pro day he ran a 4.54 40 yard dash, 6.76 3 cone and 4.09 short shuttle. Glad to see him get another opportunity in camp.— The 4 Man Rush (@4ourmanrush) August 16, 2020
Matt Rhule definitely has a type. Big and fast. pic.twitter.com/YcCHvLGPmJ
Matt Rhule on Andrew Vollert: Marty Hurney identified as a "big" tight end who can be a vertical threat. Rhule did watch Hard Knocks. "I understood where he was coming from with that. I know he's battled back from an ACL injury... when one door closes, another door opens."— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) August 16, 2020
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.