Colts add another wide receiver

Tyler Rutenbeck, an undrafted rookie from Division III Dubuque (Iowa), was previously signed, released by Redskins.

The Indianapolis Colts have signed another wide receiver in Tyler Rutenbeck.

Considering they seem to be overstocked at the position with Andre Johnson, T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett and Duron Carter, among others, why would they do this?

Because it never hurts to take a look at a 6-2 rookie with 4.4 speed who had a knack for catching touchdown passes at a small college.

Originally undrafted out of NCAA Division III Dubuque (Iowa), Rutenbeck signed with the Washington Redskins but was released 11 days later on May 18.

Rutenbeck, 6-2 and 186, played four years in college and had 163 catches for 2,715 yards and a school-record 42 touchdowns. He ranks third in school history in receiving yards and fourth in receptions.

As a senior, Rutenbeck caught 66 passes for 918 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to garnering First Team All-Iowa Conference honors. In 2013, he registered 68 receptions for 1,269 yards and led Division III with 22 receiving touchdowns. Rutenbeck earned numerous honors including First Team All-Iowa Conference, First Team Associated Press Little All-America (D2-D3-NAIA), AFCA Division III All-America and D3football.com All-America honors. He had a team-high nine touchdowns as a sophomore after catching 28 passes for 520 yards.

Even if he’s a project, the Colts could eventually add him to the practice squad, presuming he doesn’t make the final preseason roster.

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