AFC South: Ty Nsekhe

Colts add three via waivers

September, 1, 2012
The Colts picked a favorite player at three spots of need off the waiver wire, adding former Patriots safety Sergio Brown, former 49ers offensive tackle Mike Person, and former Jets defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu.

To create room for the waiver claims, Indianapolis cut safety Jermale Hines, cornerback DJ Johnson and offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe.

Brown has appeared in 26 games (three starts) and has totaled 34 tackles (25 solo) and one interception. Last season, he played in 15 games with three starts and made 26 tackles (18 solo) and one interception. He played collegiately at Notre Dame.

Person (6-foot-4, 299 pounds) was originally selected in the seventh round (239th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, he was inactive for all 16 regular season and two preseason games.

Tevaseu (6-2, 325 pounds) bounced between the Jets' practice squad and roster last season, seeing action in five games and totaling three tackles.

The Colts still have the No. 1 slot in the waiver claiming order and could continue to grab people as the rest of the league makes moves.
Click here for the complete list of Indianapolis Colts' roster moves.

Most significant move: I didn’t expect they were doing anything with Dwight Freeney, but his $19 million salary had stirred up a new round of rumors that the Colts could let him go. He’s on the team, and there were no real cuts of note aside from the team’s most senior player, long-snapper Justin Snow. It’s not as if they were so deep there was no room, but the Colts held on to several players who weren’t drafted -- tight end Dominique Jones, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, linebackers Mario Addison and Mario Harvey and long-snapper Matt Overton.

Onward and upward: The Colts kept both Drew Stanton and rookie Chandler Harnish as backups to Andrew Luck. I understand that Stanton’s been with the Colts through Bruce Arians' installation and there is value in that. But last season showed the value of a decent backup quarterback. If Luck gets hurt and the Colts need an alternative, I suspect there are some guys who just became available who qualify as more talented. General manager Ryan Grigson should have insight into one of them, Mike Kafka, who was released by Philadelphia. Grigson was hired by the Colts from the Eagles personnel department.

What’s next: Every player who is not a vested veteran is subject to waivers. And as the worst team in the NFL last season, the Colts still retain the first pick in the waiver order. That means they will get anyone they claim, so long as the claim comes with a corresponding roster move. That means guys who are feeling good tonight might still be in position to turn in their playbooks Saturday, or in the days to follow. Grigson could do a lot of work to upgrade the last five spots on his roster. Or more. I’d expect some turnover on the offensive line, in the secondary and perhaps at linebacker and quarterback.
ANDERSON, Ind. -- There is a lot of room at the back end of the Colts’ roster.

It’ll be no surprise for them to be turning over spots 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 and 53 well into the season depending on what general manager Ryan Grigson and his scouting staff can find and what the coaching staff tells Grigson it needs.

And pedigree won’t mean a lot as they search. As well as the world is scouted, players can be found.

Ty Nsekhe is a 6-foot-8, 325-pound, 26-year old rookie offensive tackle. He’s played with the Corpus Christi Sharks of af2 and the Dallas Vigilantes, Philadelphia Soul and San Antonio Talons of the AFL.

Tight end Dominique Jones looks to rank third on a team that will use multiple tight ends. He went to Shepherd University and played for the Reading Express of the Indoor Football League and the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

“You’re only as good as the back end of your roster,” Grigson said Monday. “That’s why we will scour the CFL, the Arena League. That’s why our energy is going to be on digging under every rock and in every crack. We have so many spots to improve on and to develop. You can find talent in a lot of places. You just have to look really, really hard.

“You have to have the courage to actually sign those guys from places that might make some people scratch their heads. You have to have enough, what we call eye confidence, to come to me and say, ‘Grigs, look at this guy. I think this guy can play,’ no matter what league he’s in, no matter if he’s in the arena 9 league. They are all over the place. And we’re going to keep looking and digging.”

I don’t know what kind of chance Nsekhe has.

But Jones is involved in what the Colts are doing and on a team that will likely need four tight ends, and it won’t be a surprise if he’s one of them.