Two players associated with the Colts in 2005 will be returning in 2006 in hopes of making the 53-man roster this time around.
Defensive end Gabe Nyenhuis will go through his first training camp with the Colts this year. The University of Colorado alum was originally signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004, but landed on Jacksonville's practice squad. Atlanta signed him for the 2005 season, but released him in the final round of roster cuts. The Colts then grabbed him and offered him a spot on their practice squad on September 5th. But Nyenhuis' stay was short-lived as the Colts' depth at running back took a hit due to injuries. They released him on September 21st so they could add 7th-round draft pick Anthony Davis to the practice squad.
Nyenhuis, who had a tryout with the Vikings in October, is a speedy pass rusher who uses leverage to get around the ends quickly. One of his strengths is his footwork, rarely getting caught off balance and knocked out of the play. He changes direction quickly in pursuit of the ball carrier. And he is similar in build to the prototypical Colt defensive end at 6'3, 269 pounds. The only knock on Nyenhuis is that he's not as effective against the run as he is on passing downs.
At Colorado, he played in 25 games for the Buffaloes and registered 85 tackles (63 solos) with eight sacks, 24 stops for losses, 24 quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, 10 pass deflections and 10 third-down stops
Defensive back Brandon Lynch re-signed with the Colts last week after spending the bulk of the 2005 season on the Colts practice squad. Lynch's season ended on December 8th when he was added to the practice squad injury list -- reportedly due to back spasms according to one of our sources. He also missed some time early in training camp with a foot injury.
After his collegiate career as an outside linebacker at Middle Tennessee State, he joined the Titans as an undrafted free agent, but didn't make the roster. The Colts added him to their roster in January, 2005 as a safety. Up until he landed on the injury list, Lynch was one of just three Colts -- along with QB Tom Arth and WR John Standeford -- who had held onto his practice squad slot the entire season.
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