Colts make running back move that absolutely no one was waiting for

With all eyes on the running back position for the Indianapolis Colts, the team recently made a move that no one saw coming.
Aug 24, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Trey Sermon (22) is
Aug 24, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Trey Sermon (22) is / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Since the offseason, a lot of eyes have been on the running back room of the Indianapolis Colts. With Jonathan Taylor having a public contract dispute with the team and being placed on PUP, Zack Moss breaking his arm and returning with a promising Week 2 performance, and Deon Jackson struggling in Week 1, everyone has been curious about how Indy will continue to build this room.

Well on Tuesday, the Colts made a move to the running back room, and it’s definitely something that caught everyone off guard. It wasn’t trading Jonathan Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, or signing a high-profile free agent like Kareem Hunt. The move Indy made was signing running back Trey Sermon to the practice squad.

Colts sign Trey Sermon to practice squad

While this is definitely classified as a move that no one was waiting for, it makes sense, because the running back room is still relatively thin for Indianapolis. Jonathan Taylor appears to be ready, but he can’t be activated until Week 5 and Evan Hull was placed on injured reserve after Week 1. With Zack Moss taking every running back carry in Week 2, the Colts decided to add Sermon into the mix.

Trey Sermon was drafted in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but only played one season with the 9ers. After being waived by San Francisco, he was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles, and played under Shane Steichen as offensive coordinator last season. Now, he’s back with Steichen in Indianapolis.

In his time in the league, Sermon has played in 11 games, carrying the ball 43 times for 186 yards and one touchdown. He’ll now try to find a role with the Colts and see if he can contribute to what was supposed to be a running back by committee approach until Jonathan Taylor returned.

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