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Colts Sign Explosive Return Man Josh Cribbs

Intro: It’s been a quiet regular season of Tuesday roster moves but that changed on Tuesday. What are the Colts getting in Josh Cribbs?





INDIANAPOLIS – Through the first two and a half months of the NFL season, the roster moves have been relatively quiet for the Indianapolis Colts.

That changed a bit on Tuesday when the Colts added one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers to their 53-man roster.

Former Cleveland Browns return man Josh Cribbs is bringing his NFL record eight career kick returns for touchdowns to Indianapolis.

"To have the opportunity to be back in the league, I feel like a rookie all over again with a chip on my shoulder," Cribbs said on Tuesday.

"I look forward to having a fountain of youth with this football team, having a quarterback like (Andrew) Luck, having a team with a drive such as this one, a knack for the playoffs. I feel like this is my big break."

The Colts worked Cribbs out last week in what Chuck Pagano called a "routine" process.

Cribbs comes to Indianapolis after eight NFL seasons.

From 2005-2012, the 6-1, 192-pound Cribbs was a player opposing coaching staffs dreaded to game plan against.

The Browns primarily used Cribbs in a return role but he used his collegiate quarterback skills to line up in Wildcat formations, while also logging some snaps at wide receiver.

Cribbs, 31, was a two-time All-Pro in Cleveland and his 10,505 kick return yards rank third in NFL history.

Prior to the 2013 season, the Browns parted ways with Cribbs.

The Kent State product spent the 2013 offseason with the Raiders before joining the Jets in October.

He played six games with the Jets but a shoulder injury ended his 2013 season in December.

There is definitely some familiarity for Cribbs within the Colts locker room.

Cribbs was teammates in Cleveland with both D'Qwell Jackson (2006-2012) and Mike Adams (2005-2011). He also attended Dunbar High School, the same school that produced Vontae Davis.

"I bring a whole different element of leadership, momentum, adrenaline for the guys, I'm just looking forward to adding what they already have, putting them over the edge," Cribbs said on Tuesday afternoon."

"If there was any doubt about this team being a playoff team, I hope to nip all that talk in the bud."

The Colts currently rank 18th in punt returns (6.6 yards per return) and 22nd in kick returns (23.3 yards per return).

Cribbs and several Colts will travel to see their old team in the Cleveland Browns on December 7.

With Ahmad Bradshaw being placed on injured reserve, Boom Herron is going to be needed in a more expanded role offensively.

That means an open spot on special teams, an area Cribbs has made a living on since joining the NFL in 2005.

"I heard we have a lot of hungry guys on special teams," Cribbs says.

"I'm eager to meet them and to get right to work. I know there is a lot of hoopla about the signing but I'm anxious to get to work."

Today the Colts signed free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs.

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