INDIANAPOLIS --- One of the starting safety positions is definitely up for grabs for the Colts entering the 2015 offseason program, and General Manager Ryan Grigson said at the NFL Annual Meeting in March that safety Winston Guy may have been the MVP of the practice squad last season.
"We're in a good spot with some of our youth that people really don't quite know these guys yet, practice squad guys" said Grigson in Arizona at those meetings. "You can ask anybody. I think it's pretty well known how meticulous we are even with that 63rd player on our practice squad. We treat them like gold."
Last season, NFL practice squads expanded to 10 players in addition to the 53-man active roster. Guy may not even be a Colt right now if it wasn't for that practice squad expansion. Grigson quickly signed him two days before the week 5 win over the Ravens, four days after the Jaguars waived him.
"He's a guy that started five games for Jacksonville (in 2013 and 2014), won that position in camp and the offseason, and was a former sixth-round pick of the Seahawks (in 2012)," Grigson recalled about Guy. "He impressed us all during the season on the practice squad, making plays day after day. He may have been our MVP (of the practice squad)."
Guy is 6' 1" and 220 pounds and runs well. In 18 games with the Jaguars in 2013 and 2014, Guy had 43 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. The University of Kentucky product is another player fans may not know much about now but could emerge in 2015.
"I'm excited to see guys that really the public doesn't know about...guys that stayed on our practice squad for the entire year. There's a reason for that," said Grigson.
Guy will get his chance to start making an even stronger impression when the offseason program begins in Indianapolis Monday, April 20th.