Colts Sign Inside Linebacker Justin Shirk
By Evan Reller
The Indianapolis Colts made more minor roster moves on Thursday. They signed undrafted free agent inside linebacker Justin Shirk and waived defensive end Camaron Beard.
Shirk measures in at 6-0 and 243 pounds. He played four seasons at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania where he took snaps in 45 games. In that time, he finished with 392 tackles, 45 of which were for a loss. Shirk also had 18 sacks, five forced fumbles, and an interception.
Shirk received Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors every year while at Bloomsburg. He was First Team All-PSAC East in 2013 and 2014 and Second Team in 2011 and 2012. He was also the Defensive Player of the Week six times.
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While the Division-II program didn’t pit Shirk against the best competition, he was one of the best players at his level and a talented athlete overall. He attended the University of Oklahoma in 2010 as a freshman and finished fourth overall in the Big 12 javelin throw in track and field.
After transferring to Bloomsburg, Shirk did track and field for one season and won the 2012 DII National Championship for javelin.
Beard was signed just a month ago before being cut. He played for the Cincinnati Bearcats where he played in 41 games and totaled 81 tackles, 8.5 for a loss, and two sacks.
Neither player was likely to make the final roster, but the Colts continue to make minor tweaks to find a diamond in the rough.
We’ll keep you updated on more moves over the next few weeks before camp opens in August.