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Colts Claim CB Ryan Lewis Off Waivers; Sign Six To Practice Squad

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts aren’t quite done tinkering with their roster heading into Week 1 of the regular season.

The Colts today announced they have claimed former Buffalo Bills cornerback Ryan Lewis off waivers, a day after cutting down their roster to the league-mandated 53 players.

In a corresponding move, the Colts waived cornerback Chris Milton.

The Colts on Sunday also signed the following six players to the practice squad: tackle Jackson Barton, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Ashton Dulin, guard Jake Eldrenkamp, linebacker Skai Moore and quarterback Phillip Walker.

Lewis, 25, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 NFL Draft, and then spent the 2017 season as a member of the New England Patriots’ practice squad.

Lewis was claimed off waivers by the Bills after final cuts last September, and played in seven games with three starts in Buffalo last season, finishing with 13 tackles, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two special teams stops.

His best performance was Week 4 last season against the Green Bay Packers, when he not only led the Buffalo defense with eight tackles, but also forced two fumbles and broke up two passes.

Lewis had six tackles and a pass defensed in four preseason games with the Bills this year.

Collegiately, Lewis played in 51 games at Pittsburgh, and finished with 103 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed. During the pre-draft process, Lewis showed off his speed with a 4.37-second 40-yard dash.

Practice squad moves

All six player signed to the Colts' practice squad spent most or the entirety of the offseason workout program, training camp and preseason with the team. Here's more on each player, courtesy of Colts Communications:

» Barton, 6-7, 302 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. Barton saw action in 53 games (29 starts) at Utah. He did not miss a game in his collegiate career after redshirting as a true freshman.

» Collins, 6-1, 203 pounds, was originally signed to Indianapolis’ practice squad on November 15, 2018. He participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. In 2018, Collins spent time on the Colts’ active roster and practice squad but did not see game action. He played in 24 games (eight starts) with the Atlanta Falcons (2015-17) and compiled 43 tackles (40 solo), 2.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed. Collins started three postseason contests for the Falcons and registered 18 tackles (16 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. 

» Dulin, 6-1, 215 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2019. He participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. Dulin played in 39 career games (29 starts) at Malone University and compiled 189 receptions for 3,188 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 53 times for 387 yards and three touchdowns. As a returner, Dulin totaled 77 kickoff returns for 1,847 yards and three touchdowns and five punt returns for 33 yards.

» Eldrenkamp, 6-5, 300 pounds, was claimed by Indianapolis off waivers (from New England) on May 21, 2019. He participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. Eldrenkamp spent time on the Cleveland Browns practice squad in 2018. In 2017, he spent time on the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. Eldrenkamp participated in 2017 training camp with the Rams before being waived during final cuts. He originally signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2017.

» Moore, 6-2, 225 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2018. He participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. As a rookie in 2018, Moore spent time on Indianapolis’ active roster and practice squad. He played in nine games (one start) and registered four solo tackles.

» Walker, 5-11, 212 pounds, participated in the team’s 2019 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on August 31. He spent time on the Colts’ practice squad the last two seasons. Walker originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2017.

Revert to IR

After going unclaimed, the six players the Colts waived with an injury designation on Saturday have all officially reverted to the team's injured reserve list.

Those players are wide receiver Penny Hart, safety Isaiah Johnson, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, safety Kai Nacua, cornerback Shakial Taylor and linebacker Ahmad Thomas.

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