On Oct. 7, the Colts signed cornerback Terrail Lambert to the practice squad, releasing wide receiver Sam Giguere to make room for him. The two players have bounced back and forth on the squad since that time, with each getting released and re-signed last week as well.
Lambert played college ball at Notre Dame, where he graduated as a fifthyear senior, starting 25 of 48 games and finishing his career with the Fighting Irish with four interceptions, 115 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack, six passes defended and one forced fumble.
Lambert fits the mold of what Indianapolis looks for in the position at 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds. He is a fast, athletic player, but his game is in need of some refining and he is much better suited to man coverage than the Cover 2 zone that the Colts deploy.
Lambert at Notre Dame
However, he also has tremendous closing speed and can be taught the scheme. What cannot be taught is his natural speed and quickness, which come in handy when playing the cornerback position for Indianapolis.
Scout.com NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber agrees that Lambert could be an asset to the Colts, but that the current cornerback corps — Marlin Jackson, Kelvin Hayden and Jerraud Powers — are in no danger of losing their jobs. "Lambert is a good depth cornerback; a third or fourth corner on a team, who can be a standout on special teams," Steuber said. "He played a lot at Notre Dame, mainly as a backup in his first two seasons, but started his final two — he was a fifth-year senior. He has good size and instincts, but will never emerge as a starter."
The injury bug has been consistently biting the Colts at the cornerback position and Jackson is still not fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained in 2008, so there is a definite opportunity for Lambert to get called up should the injuries persist or if rookies like Powers or Jacob Lacey struggle at any point.
The seven remaining members of the practice squad are Cody Glenn, who was profiled earlier this year, defensive tackle John Gill, guard and 2009 seventh-round selection Jaimie Thomas, 2008 sixth-round selection Tom Santi, 2009 free agent receivers Taj Smith and John Matthews, and rookie defensive back Devon Hall.
Hall is a huge, athletic safety prospect from Utah State that measures in at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, and also recorded a 39 inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. He is a quick-twitch athlete that may have the frame to add 15-20 pounds and play linebacker for the Colts. He's also still only 22 years old.
The reason he didn't hear his name called on draft day is that he is an unrefined prospect that is mostly living on upside at the moment. He was a two-year starter for the Aggies, but struggles in coverage and is still learning the finer points of the position.
The good news for Hall — and Colts fans — is that Alan Williams has done more with less and, even if Indianapolis discovers that Hall does not project well at safety, they can always try him at linebacker, where their depth will be tested this season and next year as various players reach restricted and unrestricted free agency.
OTHER NOTES: Former Colts CB Dante Hughes was signed by the San Diego Chargers Tuesday. Click here for a story at SDBoltReport.com . . . 2009 fourth-round pick Terrance Taylor is currently on the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.
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