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Colts Sign Fifth Round Tight End Brody Eldridge
Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Colts have signed fifth round draft pick Brody Eldridge. The big tight end signed a four-year, $1.95 million contract. The rush to sign draft picks before training camp continues…
Colts Field a Promising Stable of Running Backs
The evolution of the Colts running back position has reached a high point.
When Indianapolis won the Super Bowl in 2006, a lot of questions surrounded the future of the team’s backfield. Joseph Addai showed a lot of promise in his rookie season, surpassing 1,000 yards rushing without starting a single regular season game — the only player to accomplish this in NFL history. Dominic Rhodes served as the team’s unquestioned starter for the first time in his career, when an injury to another ball carrier was not involved.
Colts Rookie TE Eldridge Makes Positive First Impression
If one thing has proved true about the Colts it is that getting information out of the team about players, particularly when it is not required, is a rarity. Additionally, when the team sings a young player’s praises early on, the outcome tends to prove them out.
Last year, Austin Collie earned early support from the team with a strong work ethic and promising future. He went on to be the most productive rookie wide receiver in the NFL. Rookie cornerback Jerraud Powers was lauded for his uncharacteristic maturity and attention to details. He earned a starting spot that he kept throughout the entire season, when healthy. Other young players, while not in their rookie seasons, who sparked attention from Colts front office ended up playing important roles in the team’s success. These players include Pierre Garçon in 2009, Eric Foster in 2008, Melvin Bullitt in 2008, Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden in 2007, and so on.
After participating in the Colts organized team activities (OTAs) Brody Eldridge has been called a “diamond in the rough.” Pro Football Weekly reports that an unnamed source with the Colts organization stated, “He was really impressive in the OTAs. For a big guy, he is really athletic and showed a lot as a receiver. If teams forget about him, he could be a factor.”
Eldridge May be a Legitimate Receiver
Phil B. Wilson of the Indy Star has an encouraging observation from the final practice of the Colts’ mandatory mini-camp on Sunday.
“Don’t be surprised if rookie TE Brody Eldridge turns out to be more of a pass catcher than just a blocker. We all thought, based on his 13 career catches at Oklahoma, he was just a blocker. But the fifth-round pick has shown some hands and athleticism to go with the physical 6-5, 265-pound frame.”
Something to Prove: Tom Santi
In the 2008 NFL Draft the Colts selected two tight ends, the first was Jacob Tamme in the fourth round and the second was Tom Santi in the sixth. One of Tamme or Santi was to eventually replace the departing Ben Utecht, with Santi being compared as a Utecht-clone at the time he was drafted.
Unfortunately, since Santi joined the team he has suffered numerous injuries, missing time for shoulder, hand, and back injuries in his first two seasons. Despite these injuries, Santi has shown remarkable potential, mainly as a receiver, breaking out in 2009 against Baltimore when he caught six passes for 80 yards, and showed the kind of hands and straight-line speed that should give fans something to be excited about.
2010 Colts: Is the Offense Better or Worse?
The ultimate goal during the off-season for any NFL franchise is to improve the team. There are many ways to evaluate whether a team improves or takes a step backward, the most common of which is only possible at the end of each season; record and playoff run. For the Colts, improving on the 2009 version of the team by this measure is only possible if Indianapolis brings home its second Super Bowl.
There is another time that it is worthwhile to consider where a team stands compared to its prior season, the off-season. What is fun about this time is that the evaluation is far more subjective but the ultimate importance of it could have greater implications, it gives fans a reason to be excited about the coming season or a reason to temper expectations.