The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent cornerback Kenneth Acker, who has previously played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Acker played college football at Southern Methodist University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the 49ers. Because of an injury he sustained in the 2014 preseason, he did not make his NFL regular season debut until the 2015 season. He played well in 2015, accumulating three interceptions and eight pass deflections.
However, Acker was traded after the 2015 season to the Chiefs for a 2018 seventh round draft pick. He was seldom used in Kansas City, and only made two starts in his two seasons with the team.
In his career, he has appeared in 40 games, and has started 15 of them. He has four career interceptions, a fumble recovery, and 92 total tackles.
As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Acker will be fighting for playing time with the likes of Quincy Wilson, Kenny Moore, Nate Hairston, Pierre Desir, and others. If the Colts don’t sign or draft any other cornerbacks this offseason, Acker could be in line for a substantial amount of snaps this season.
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If that is the case, Frank Reich and the Colts will hope that Acker can play like he did in the 2015 season, rather than how he played with the Chiefs.
He is in no way a direct replacement for the now departed Vontae Davis and Rashaan Melvin. But, he should prove to be a better option at cornerback than some of his competition near the bottom of the depth chart.