Report: Trevor Bates Re-signed to the Colts Practice Squad
According to WCSH6-TV’s Lee Goldberg, Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Trevor Bates will be among the team’s former players re-signed to their practice squad on Sunday:
As a 7th round pick of this year’s NFL Draft out of Maine by the Colts, Bates was among the team’s 21 roster cuts on Saturday in order to get the roster down from 74 players to a league-mandated 53-player limit.
However, the Colts clearly like Bates’ long-term potential as a young pass rusher, even though he was edged out by undrafted rookie outside linebacker Curt Maggitt for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The 6’2″, 247 pound outside linebacker recorded 6 total tackles, appearing in all 4 preseason games.
Bates also gives the potential for positional flexibility, as the Colts have toyed with the idea of playing him at inside linebacker as well given his sure-tackling ability.
Whatever the case may be, the Colts apparently like Bates enough to attempt to keep him within their organization–albeit on their practice squad for the time being:
"“He can run (and) he’s a physical guy,” Pagano said of Trevor Bates earlier this offseason via Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen. “They played him along the defensive front. He played some six technique, some seven technique. He’s done a lot of things.”“We’re excited to have him.”"
We’ll keep you updated as soon as more official details come out about the Colts newest practice squad members.