Thursday, May 17, 2012

Colts cut Brody Eldridge; sign David Legree, Justin Anderson

After all the hints that Brody Eldridge was not a big part of the new regime’s plans, they cut him. I wouldn’t be too heartbroken, though. He added very little as a receiver and hardly overwhelmed in his role as dedicated blocking tight end. He may surface elsewhere, but I doubt he’ll be a major factor in any NFL offense.

His roster spot was filled by an interesting camp arm prospect. With Andrew Luck completing his degree and Chandler Harnish ailing, it makes perfect sense to bring another passer in. Hampton’s David Legree (6037/249/4.98pd), a Brooklyn kid, is a great athlete and has a live arm. The Syracuse transfer has great skills, but has not developed NFL-style skills against inferior competition. His senior stats (just seven starts due to injury):

2011 passing: 229-141-1,636-10-4
2011 rushing: 85-299-4

Legree has lots of intriguing tools, but is extremely unpolished and will requires years to develop. He reminds me a lot of former Patriot Kevin O’Connell, but with greater accuracy.

It’s probably too much to ask to think he may win a 2012 roster spot, but a practice squad job and/or a 2013 camp invitation could be in the offing.

The other news is that draft pick Justin Anderson signed. He’s an interesting prospect. He came to Georgia from the Hargrave Military Academy as a big, all-around athlete and played right tackle and then right guard with enough aplomb to get on the national radar. The Georgia coaching staff then moved him to nose tackle (he certainly has the size and strength, but is taller than ideal), but he missed most of the offseason drills to a turf-toe injury. He managed to get in one game and recorded one tackle before re-injuring the toe and missing the rest of the season. For his senior season, he was moved back to right tackle, started all 14 games, played well and earned a degree in housing.

He has some mobility issues (slow feet) and, as you might expect, injury problems, but he could still emerge. He has ridiculous power, long arms and great tenacity. The roster lists him at guard, and that’s where he probably belongs, but he could serve as a reserve right tackle or third tight end for jumbo formations if he can stay healthy and keep low.

One last thing. I feel a little bit lied to because the new regime promised that a fullback would be a big part of the new offense. But now that they have drafted two premium tight ends and not upgraded the fullback position, I don't think it's going to happen. It's almost like the Polians never left. 

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