With rookie safety Daniel Scott suffering an ACL injury, here’s what the safety depth currently looks like for the Indianapolis Colts.
On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced one of the worst things that can happen at this point in the offseason: a season ending injury in OTAs. The team announced that fifth-round safety Daniel Scott tore his ACL on the final play of OTAs.
Indianapolis selected Scott with the 158th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1 safety out of California had a chance to be an important depth safety and an immediate contributor on special teams. Now, he’ll spend his first season in the NFL rehabbing and preparing for the 2024 season.
While certainly a tough situation for Scott, it also affects Indy’s depth. That’s why a day after announcing Scott’s injury, Indianapolis signed safety Michael Tutsie. After going undrafted, Tutsie tried out for the Colts at rookie minicamp and veteran minicamp, and now he has been signed by Indy.
Colts updated safety depth chart
Even with the injury to Scott, Indianapolis still has quite a few talented young safeties on the roster. The current projected starters are Rodney Thomas II and Julian Blackmon. The Colts also still have Nick Cross, who they selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. After a rookie season that saw Cross begin the year as a starter but finish as a reserve, he should be prepared to be more consistent in year two.
Aside from those three, Indianapolis also has Trevor Denbow, Marcel Dabo, Henry Black, Aaron Maddox, and Michael Tutsie. Not all of those guys will make the team, but Indy has solid depth as they prepare for training camp and the preseason. With Julian Blackmon, Rodney Thomas II and Nick Cross, the Colts are still solid with their top safeties.