The Buzz: Colts Claimed Two Running Backs

The Colts picked up DT Dan Klecko and rookie RB DeDe Dorsey over the weekend through waiver claims. But they also put in a claim on another back who has a good reputation for short-yardage situations. Get the details on why he didn't land in Indy in today's edition of "The Buzz"...

ColtPower has learned that the Indianapolis Colts weren't certain that they'd be the only team trying to obtain Bengals running back DeDe Dorsey over the weekend. According to one of our sources, the Cowboys were expected to be amongst some of the teams that would be considering a claim for the talented rookie out of Lindenwood College. He had drawn interest from quite a few pro scouts leading up to the NFL draft, so there was certainly a good chance that he would draw multiple claims.

The Bengals were hoping to slip him through waivers, but with that many teams showing interest in Dorsey in the past, it was a huge gamble. Fortunately for the Colts, no one else tried to claim him. They don't get very high priority on waiver claims because when multiple teams claim the same player, the league awards the player based on draft order to help the previous year's weaker teams.

Just in case they weren't awarded Dorsey, they put in a preferential claim on Jamaal Branch, a running back out of Colgate who the Colts got a good look at during their preseason matchup with the Saints (see the photo at the bottom of this article).

Branch could still get an offer to join the Colts as a member of the practice squad because he could fill the need for a short-yardage back. Here's what Tony Pauline, our draft expert at Scout.com, had to say about Branch prior to the NFL Draft:

Jamaal Branch
School:
Colgate
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 233 40: 4.76

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors as a senior after posting 295/1,190/16 carrying the ball. Recipient of the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in I-AA in ‘03 after totaling 450/2,326/29 in sixteen games.

Positives: Big, powerful interior back who effectively handles the ball late in the game. Runs hard, falls forward and breaks tackles, picking up yardage off initial contact. Patient, waits for blocks to develop and works runs. Quickly picks up blocking assignments. Also has the ability to weave through the traffic or cut back in a very small area handling the ball.

Negatives: Lacks quickness through the hole or the speed around the corner. Runs with an upright style and does not always display great balance or body control. Marginal skills as a pass catcher.

Analysis: A heavy-duty feature runner who's been very productive on a small school level the past two seasons, Branch has some abilities as a short yardage back in the NFL.


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