The Indianapolis Colts continue to tweak the roster in preparation for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Jets.
On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of former Eagles outside linebacker Phillip Hunt and the waiving of just-signed receiver Nu’Keese Richardson.
Per the team’s official website on Hunt:
“Hunt, 6-1, 254 pounds, played in 22 career games with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2011-12, recording 15 tackles (14 solo) and 3.0 sacks. He spent the 2013 season on Injured Reserve after suffering an injury in the preseason. Prior to signing with the Eagles, Hunt spent two years (2009-2010) in the Canadian Football League with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he totaled 64 tackles, 19.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. In 2010, he led the CFL with 16.0 sacks for the year.”
Phillip Hunt’s addition to the team is a bit of a head-scratcher, considering the Colts are loaded at the outside linebacker position. However, with a four-game suspension on Robert Mathis, Indy can’t be too careful with OLB depth. While Hunt never made a big impact in the NFL, he had quite the contribution in the CFL with the Blue Bombers. Injuries derailed him, but he’s worth a preseason shot. He is, however, a long shot from making the roster.
The official release on Richardson:
“Richardson was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 3, 2014. He played for the University of Pikeville in 2013, where he recorded 39 receptions for 588 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. In 2009, Richardson played in nine games for the University of Tennessee and caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.”
Richardson had an incredibly long way to go to compete at the NFL level. Without doing much to standout in Tennessee or Pikeville, he was simply signed as a project on the outside. He hardly got to the facility (signed on August 3) before being waived on Tuesday.