The Indianapolis Colts got a Reed from Baltimore. Just not the one many of us thought they would early in the offseason.
Just two days after the team signed CFL WR Maurice Williams, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced this afternoon that they team had traded back-up RB Delone Carter to Baltimore for Ravens back-up WR David Reed (former Ravens S Ed Reed signed with Houston as a free-agent earlier this year).
In his three years in Baltimore, Reed has only managed to log in 5 catches for 66 yards, but also brings some kick return experience. Reed has returned 39 kicks for 1,150 yards (29.5 average), including a 103 yarder for a touchdown in 2010.
We all knew that Carter was the odd man out in the Colts RB stable. He fell out of favor in the previous regime after having fumbling issues, something he never really got corrected, and didn’t make a big enough impression on the current staff to warrant more playing time. When you also factor in the Colts have a three-deep pool of legitimate run threats (well, maybe two 1/2, Donald Brown seems to be better catching the ball than running it) ahead of him, the likelihood of Carter making the final roster was slim at best anyway.
Carter’s roster spot might not be the only one that’s in danger, though. The move should also put rookie RB Kerwynn Williams on notice. Williams was drafted in the seventh round out of Utah State to add the kind of speed in the return game that Indy hasn’t seen since maybe Terrence Wilkins (and even that’s a bit of a stretch). Williams has been lack luster in two pre-season games, averaging only 18.5 yards on 6 returns, and just 2.8 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Williams needs a big bump in performance the next two preseason games if he wants a shot at the final roster.
The trade should also help address any concerns with WR depth. Consider this: After the top three WRs on the depth chart (taken by Reggie Wayne, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and T.Y. Hilton) there’s really not many viable options. LaVon Brazill is suspended for the first four games of the season and Griff Whalen has been nursing a groin injury, which might affect his chemistry with Colts QB Andrew Luck. That leaves the likes of Nathan Palmer and Jabin Sambrano (and Williams) as the back-ups should one of the big three go down. Not a good situation. Adding Reed will provide at least another body with some real-game experience, and with Carter as the only price, it’s a steal regardless of how much Reed actually plays.
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