The Colts announced that they added nine new players to their roster after signing some undrafted players.
The Colts were busy right after the draft ended. They wanted to sign several guys, and that’s what they did. They signed a total of nine undrafted free agents. Those players are WR Ashton Dulin, WR Penny Hart, K Clayton Hatfield, TE Hale Hentges, DE Jegs Jegede, CB Jamal Peters, CB Chris Rayford, DT Johnny Robinson, and DT Jordan Thompson.
Signing this many free agents is a little jarring. That is a lot of guys to add to to the roster. Of course not all of these guys will last into training camp. Some might not even make it to training camp. But it’s always good to have competition.
Four of these players didn’t even play FBS ball. They were smaller school guys who didn’t get a ton of recognition. But that isn’t a problem for Chris Ballard, as he drafted Darius Leonard last year in the second round out of South Carolina State. If you can play, you can play.
Of the players who the Colts signed, the two that stand out to me are Hale Hentges, and Jordan Thompson. Hentges was a blocking tight end at Alabama. The Colts can always use another blocker on the outside to open up holes.
Thompson played at Northwestern and played pretty well while there. With the defensive line, defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus would like to have a good rotation going. Adding big bodies like Thompson would help. He has a chance to stick around.
For everyone else, they are going to have to work very hard to keep themselves on the roster. But Ballard wouldn’t have signed them if they didn’t think they’d work hard.