The Indianapolis Colts announced today that they signed 10 players to reserve/future contracts including: WR-Kadron Boone, DE-Gannon Conway, RB-Jeff Demps, LB-Carlos Fields, S-Winston Guy, T-Tyler Hoover, WR-Ryan Lankford, WR-Josh Lenz, DT-Kelcy Quarles and TE-Erik Swoope.
The majority of the aforementioned players previously had solely spent time on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad, with the exception of Kelcy Quarles, who additionally was on the active roster for a brief stint. With Arthur Jones‘ ankle injury in Week 2, Quarles was quickly signed from the Patriots practice squad and appeared in 2 games for the Colts defensive line before he was released and subsequently re-signed to Indianapolis’ practice squad.
Aug 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope (86) during warm ups before taking on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Another name of intrigue is Erik Swoope. The former University of Miami basketball player has tried to make a successful conversion to NFL tight end. Apparently, after showing some initial promise in last year’s training camp and preseason, the team believes he’s still worth a further look to try to develop.
Otherwise, it’s interesting to see Jeff Demps name again. The former Olympian bounced on and off the Colts practice squad during the regular season, but the team believes the diminutive speedster is still worth kicking the tires on as a possible special teams returnman.
Most of these players are a longshot to make next year’s opening regular season active roster; however, stranger things have happened. More than likely, they’ll serve as additional practice depth during this year’s offseason.