The Colts’ linebacker depth chart is wide open at the moment, which gives free agent signee Tyrell Adams a chance to start in 2018.
One of the Colts’ biggest needs this offseason was at linebacker, and they haven’t made any big time moves to add an obvious starter to their linebacking corps.
General manager Chris Ballard signed Najee Goode in free agency, spent three draft picks on linebackers, and signed Skai Moore as an undrafted free agent, but none of those offseason additions have secured the inside track for a starting job.
One of the Colts’ under the radar free agent signings, Tyrell Adams, was getting plenty of reps with the first-team defense during Indianapolis’ offseason program according to Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan.
Tyrell Adams came into the league as an undrafted rookie out of West Georgia in 2015 where he bounced around a few practice squads but never appeared in an NFL game.
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Adams made his professional debut with the Raiders in 2016 and played 12 games in Oakland over the past two seasons. Adams started to get some rotational playing time at linebacker in 2017, but he’s still extremely inexperienced at the NFL level with only eight career tackles.
According to Kevin Bowen, Adams was getting playing time over Antonio Morrison at the SAM linebacker position. That’s a notable jump for Adams considering Morrison started 15 games for the Colts last season.
Bowen did note that Najee Goode and Anthony Walker earned most of the starting reps this offseason, and that the linebacker rotation will change a bit once Darius Leonard recovers from an undisclosed injury that kept him out of OTA’s.
However, Adams will continue to get an opportunity to show that 2018 could be a breakout year for him in Indianapolis.