The Buzz: Nine Former Colts Have Tryouts

ColtPower has learned from one of our NFL sources that nine former Colts had tryouts around the league this week. Six of the nine were in the Colts training camp this summer, and the other three are very familiar names to Colts fans.

It's been a busy first half of the week for former Colts as teams around the league continue to adjust their rosters after seeing how their teams fared in week one, and unexpected injuries created depth problems.

Buffalo took a look at offensive lineman Bo Lacy and running backs Tony Hollings and Jamel White. Green Bay hosted a pair of former Colt receivers, Dan Sheldon and Ed Hinkel. Quarterback Shaun King took a trip to Cleveland while center Albert Bimper went to Houston. And a pair of former Colt defensive backs, Donald Strickland and Joseph Jefferson, took a look at new opportunities in Detroit and Miami, respectively.

Buffalo's interest in Lacy and Hollings shouldn't be a surprise. General manager Marv Levy has great respect for his old friend, Colts president Bill Polian, and his reputation for finding good talent. Lacy was on the Colts' practice squad last year, while Hollings tried to make the Colts roster for the first time this summer. He was released in the final round of cuts.

Quarterback Shaun King, who had a very good preseason for Indianapolis, had hoped that the team would call him after the first game of the season had ended. As a vested veteran like Terrence Wilkins, the Colts would have been obligated to pay him his entire year's salary if he was on their opening day roster. But the Browns gave his phone a ring this week instead. They have three quarterbacks on their roster, but their most experienced one, Ken Dorsey, is only entering his fourth season. Starter Charlie Frye and third-string reserve Derek Anderson are both entering their second season. Frye would undoubtedly benefit from a veteran presence like King's on the sideline.

The Packers recently took a huge risk by signing troubled wide receiver Koren Robinson to a two-year deal. And after an embarrassing shutout at the hands of the Bears, the Packers looked for more wide receiver talent. Both Dan Sheldon, who is also a talented punt returned, and rookie Ed Hinkel out of Iowa were amongst a group five receivers the Pack evaluated early this week.

Undrafted rookie free agent Albert Bimper was initially signed to the Colts practice squad right after the final roster cuts were finalized. But as the Colts added some free agents through waivers, the former Colorado State center was a free agent once again. The Texans, who gave up an embarrassing five sacks last weekend, brought Bimper plus three guards in for tryouts this week.

Both Donald Strickland and Joseph Jefferson were repeatedly dogged by injuries while they played in the Colts secondary. Strickland landed in Philadelphia last season after his early-season release. But this year, the Eagles cut him as well. Jefferson's been recovering from offseason knee surgery and didn't end up in any team's camp this summer. But both got a look from teams in need of some defensive back help.

Strickland was one of two defensive backs that the Lions brought in for a workout, while Jefferson was the sole defensive back that Miami checked out so far this week. Jefferson is likely being considered as a depth chart upgrade since the Dolphins don't have any major injuries at the safety position.

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