Six rookies and one second-year player were released early this week by the Colts, including two due to injuries. Albert Bimper, Antonio Smith, Michael DePriest, Quintin Echols, Matt Farbotko, Chris Morgan and Victor Worsley were waived during the first two days of training camp.
Second-year offensive lineman Albert Bimper -- who was on and off the team's practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 2006 -- was released on Monday by the team. The former Colorado State center isn't likely to see another opportunity from Indy after being cut this early in camp.
Six rookies were waived, but two of them were waived with an injury designation: former Ohio State cornerback Antonio Smith and TCU wide receiver Michael DePriest.
Losing Smith this early in camp was certainly notable since he was an All-Big Ten selection following a senior campaign where he made 71 tackles, second-best on the team. DePriest was likely a longer shot to make the roster as he possesses good speed, but was still a bit raw as a receiver.
Former Harvard safety Matt Farbotko was an apparent victim of a very crowded and talented field of tight ends in Indianapolis. The athletic and speedy player's best shot was to stand out on special teams, but he didn't get much of a chance to show what he could do with an early release in camp. The Colts already have all three of their incumbent tight ends back for this season -- Dallas Clark, Ben Utecht and Bryan Fletcher -- and are joined in camp by rookies Jonny Harline out of BYU and Gijon Robinson out of Missouri Western State.
Defensive tackle Quintin Echols was waived on Monday, but Echols' early release shouldn't have been a huge surprise if you already read Jerry Langton's
on him back in June. "Too many times I've seen him stumble
around, too tired to make a play, and be stood up by some tiny halfback,"
he wrote. "Many have questioned his work ethic, dedication to
conditioning and intensity."
Running back Chris Morgan and linebacker Victor Worsley were amongst the Colts cuts on Monday as well. Morgan was an unheralded but tough runner out of Indiana University (PA) and Worsley was a bit of a longshot as well, starting just 12 games at linebacker while he was at North Carolina.