Indianapolis worked out three players this week, but they weren't at the positions that you might have thought would have been the most likely based on the team's current injury problems and defensive woes. Tight end Wade Fletcher, running back Steve Silva, and offensive tackle Sam Wilder all had tryouts for the Colts on Tuesday.
Tight end Wade Fletcher has spent the past two summers in the New York Giants training camp, but failed to make the roster in both attempts. An undrafted free agent out of Columbia, Fletcher landed on the Giants practice squad for a portion of the 2005 season, but hasn't been playing for anyone since his release at the end of training camp this year. Houston took a look at him in early November but didn't offer him a contract.
Fletcher is a tall target at 6-foot-7 and 253 pounds and he was competing for the number three tight end spot this year. But the Giants opted to go with just two tight ends on their roster this season rather than keep Fletcher or the other two tight end candidates when they made their final cuts.
Steve Silva was an undrafted free agent out of Holy Cross who drew interest from the Buccaneers and Patriots following the draft. Silva's stock was on the rise late in the draft season as teams became more aware of him, but he just didn't gather enough steam in time for much consideration even as an undrafted free agent. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder rushed for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior year, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. But he also led his team in receptions with 54 for another 364 yards. Oh, and he also led his team in punt returns (18.0 avg) and kickoff returns (24.3 avg.). Silva's problem was that he played in the Patriot League (Division I-AA), the same conference former Colts WR/KR Gerran Walker was in while he was with Lehigh University.
By contrast, offensive tackle Sam Wilder out of Colorado has already worn the uniform of four different NFL teams over the past two seasons. Wilder was an undrafted free agent by Dallas who was impressive enough in his initial training camp that the Buccaneers offered up a draft pick for him in mid-August....but then they released him two weeks later.
The 6-foot-5, 303-pound lineman then spent the balance of the season on the 49ers practice squad, and was allocated to NFL Europe earlier this year. After being released in the final round of cuts, he spent a brief amount of time on the practice squad before being released in late October. The Panthers picked him up for their practice squad in late November.
Check in for Jerry Langton's Colt Scout analysis on each of these three players. We'll have one of them featured each day, Thursday through Saturday.