According to an NFL source, last Friday the Indianapolis Colts held a tryout for former West Virginia University star Quincy Wilson as team officials continue to evaluate their depth at the running back position.
After leaving WVU finishing fifth in the school's career carries and yards categories, Quincy Wilson was drafted
in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He was
released before the start of the 2004 season and signed on as a member of the Falcons'
practice squad. He remained there until he was signed to the 53-man roster
of the Cincinnati Bengals in December 2004.
Wilson remained with the Bengals, alternating between the practice squad and the
gameday lineup (though he was often inactive) through the end of the 2007 preseason.
He was released on September 2 -- and has been a free agent since then -- after rushing for just 29 yards on 10 carries during the preseason.
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That was a noticeable dropoff from his 2006 preseason when he tied for the league lead in rushing yards (217). And bottom line, he has not seen much action on the field during the regular season the past three years, only carrying the ball twice for two yards.
At 5-foot-9 and 220 pounds, he's very similar in stature to Kenton Keith, Joseph Addai's current back-up. Both men are 26 years old, but Keith has already
logged more carries (13) for more yards (54) in his first NFL season than Wilson
has in his career.
The former Bengal has decent short-area quickness for a man his size, but lacks the
top-end speed that Addai possesses to get around the end and turn the corner. Another factor that won't work in his favor is that Wilson spent his career at WVU used almost exclusively in the running game with little-to-no responsibilities
in the passing game. That's not going to work in his favor with Indy's versatile passing attack as he doesn't have much experience catching the ball (25 catches total in college) or in handling blitzing linebackers at the pro level.
The feeling here is that if Indianapolis moves forward with signing one of the two backs they recently evaluated, they would be best served signing Shaud Williams (formerly of the Buffalo Bills) who also tried out for the Colts on
Friday. Williams, at the very least, has a few receptions (20) and two
starts on his NFL resume.
If you missed our previous article on Shaud Williams' tryout, click here to read that report.