After reporting to the Colts training camp in Terre Haute last Sunday, wide receiver and kickoff returns specialist Gerran Walker barely had time to unpack his bags before learning that he was being waived by the Colts.
"Right before the team meeting I was pulled out with a couple of other players and we were told that they had to let us go," he said. "They said it was a numbers thing."
The Colts got a late jump on signing their draft picks, who didn't count against the 80-man roster maximum until they had signed. But there was a flurry of signings during the weekend leading up to the opening day of camp, and the Colts had to move three players off the roster.
"I wasn't as educated on the maximum roster size that you could have in camp at that stage, so I didn't know I was in danger yet," the speedy Walker told ColtPower last week. "I was actually surprised because I had been doing good things in practice."
Walker was added to the Colts roster as an undrafted free agent immediately following the NFL Draft. The Colts had scouted him and were obviously impressed with his speed, which has been clocked in the 4.35 to 4.38 range in the forty-yard dash. They were in dire need of returns specialists with punt returner Troy Walters in Arizona due to free agency, and with kickoff returner Dominic Rhodes being pulled from special teams since he would be competing for the starting running back role. But by the time camp opened, the Colts had almost a dozen players with returns experience to choose from.
"I was realistic enough to know that when you're a free agent, there are no guarantees," Walker said. "So I did go through this moment in my mind before it happened. I just didn't expect it to happen so soon."
Walker hit the waiver wire and the Chargers didn't waste anytime putting in
their claim. They had also been watching Walker during his senior year and
showed some interest in him after he finished his career at Lehigh University in
Pennsylvania. Walker's phone rang just shortly after 4 p.m. eastern time when
the waivers period had ended.
"I got a call from my agent and he said, 'Gerran, are you ready to go surfing? You're going to San Diego.' I was really excited," he said.
San Diego fans are in for a treat as they watch Walker return kicks and battle for a position on the depth chart as a wide receiver. After his unexpected departure from the Colts, he's even more determined to make his way onto an NFL team this year.
"I'm looking forward to going out there and making some plays and showing them what I can do," he said.In-story photo compliments of Lehigh University Athletics