For veteran defensive backs Von Hutchins and Dexter Reid, the past 24 hours have brought mixed emotions.
Neither one of the Colts were included on the team's initial list of roster cuts submitted to the league office, so they escaped the dreaded phone call that many others received informing them of their release.
But that turned out to be temporary. Their phones rang later, after the Colts found out that they were getting the opportunity to add more talent to positions of need for the team's depth chart.
The Colts were awarded two players through waiver claims after all 32 NFL teams had made their roster cuts. New additions to the team's 53-man roster are DT Dan Klecko, who spent the last three seasons with the Patriots, and former Bengals rookie running back DeDe Dorsey. For more on Klecko, click here to read our ColtPower feature article Like Father, Like Son.
Dorsey is a rookie out of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. A NAIA All-American running back, he rushed for 2,541 yards and scored 27 TD's in 15 games during his final two years with the Lions. Prior to that, he was a first-team All-American at free safety at the university. Lindenwood is a member of the NAIA, which consists of about 350 small colleges across the country.
According to one NFL source, the Bengals planned on putting Dorsey on their practice squad, hoping that his ankle injury that kept him out of their final preseason game against the Colts would keep other teams from adding him to their 53-man roster. But that didn't deter the Colts who saw Dorsey's flashes of talent and well-rounded skill set prior to the Bengals' arrival in Cincinnati.
The player that Cincinnati offensive lineman Levi Jones called the "Preseaon Pro Bowler" averaged 7.5 yards on his twelve rushing opportunities during the preseason, and he turned a catch out of the backfield into a 59-yard gain for Cincinnati.
"Every chance he’s gotten to play, he’s handled the situation very well with the ball in his hand," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said this week at Bengals.com. "He’s got a ways to go with some other things we need him to get better at in order to be a guy we were going to count on in an NFL game right now.
"But with the ball in his hands, he’s done some good things and made some people miss."