Practice Squad Update: Nov. 26

The Colts moved a lot of bodies around and called one player up from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Brad Keller has the movements and the analysis.

The Colts had a busy week last week, personnel-wise, placing Tom Santi and Nick Graham on injured reserve, signing Jamie Petrowski from the Titans practice squad to replace, and signing Brandon Foster to the regular roster to replace Graham.

Brandon Foster has made the jump to the 53-man roster
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They also cut ties with David Greene and Eric Butler, both practice squad players, and filled their slots with cornerback AJ Davis and wide receiver Marques Hagans.  Additionally, they signed former Colt Brannon Condren to the practice squad on Nov. 19 and are looking to add offensive lineman Christian Gaddis to the practice squad this week.

So, it has been a busy week for Bill Polian and his cohorts in the front office.

Petrowski was originally signed by Tennessee following the 2006 draft, had seen limited action in the preseason with the Titans the past three seasons, and is out of practice squad eligibility, but has a great deal of upside as a blocker and short area receiver in the mold of Gijon Robinson.  A more detailed scouting report on Petrowski can be found here.

Foster was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Texas following the 2008 draft and was placed on the practice squad shortly after the August 30 cuts.  He looks to be more of a special teams player, but, with the injury to Graham and a thin depth chart at the cornerback position, he should see action in sub packages very soon.  He was inactive against the Chargers, though.

Davis was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 4th round (105th overall) of the 2007 draft, was released before the start of the season, signed to the Browns practice squad on Aug. 14, 2007, spent the 2008 offseason with Cleveland before being waived on Aug. 30, signed with Kansas City on Oct. 1, was released on Oct. 28, signed by the Colts on Nov. 5, released on Nov. 14, and finally re-signed on Nov. 19. 

A.J. Davis breaks up a pass during his time at N.C. State
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It has already been a long haul for Davis, but he has the kind of size — 5-feet-10, 193 pounds — and tenacity that the Colts are looking for at the position.

He was drafted in the fourth round as recently as last year, was ranked as the 17th-overall prospect at the position, and, even though it's always risky to take a player that the Lions didn't want, he looks like he has potential with the Colts organization.

Tom Marino had this to say about him entering the 2007 draft: "Has improved over time.  Quick more than fast.  Has some injury concerns, but, overall, a solid prospect."

Hagans was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 draft (144th overall) by the St. Louis Rams.  He was on the 53-man roster for St. Louis in 2006 and 2007, went through OTAs, mini-camps, and training camp with the Rams, then was waived on Aug. 29, signed to a two year contract by the Chiefs on Sept. 10, waived on Sept. 26, signed to their practice squad on Sept. 28, then released on Oct. 22, and subsequently signed by the Colts on Nov. 19.  For his career, he has appeared in only six games, has nine receptions for 108 yards and zero touchdowns, and has carried the ball three times for -2 yards.

Hagans returns a kick with St. Louis
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He is an intriguing player because he was originally recruited to be Antwaan Randle-El's replacement at Indiana, then wound up going to Virginia, where he eventually lost the inside track on the starting job to Matt Schaub and moved to receiver.

He has functioned as his team's emergency quarterback on a number of occasions the past three seasons, so the Colts may be interested in him as someone to send into the game if anything happens to Peyton Manning and Jim Sorgi.  Since they currently don't have anyone to serve in that capacity and likely don't want to use the roster spot on another quarterback — they haven't carried three quarterbacks on the roster for several years — they may as well have more options and flexibility.

In addition, he would be an excellent candidate to run the Wildcat offense that has been sweeping the league, should Indianapolis choose to be a copycat and use the formation.

Condren saw some action in 2007 with the Colts, had a stellar preseason, and was one of the surprise cuts on August 30th.  With the recent rash of injuries in the secondary, Indianapolis thought it was a good idea to bring him back into the fold.

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