After over two weeks of wading in the free agency pool, rookie running back Miguel Maysonet has finally found a new home in the NFL.
On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts signed the undrafted rookie to their eight-man practice squad. From a talent standpoint, the Colts couldn’t have asked for a better player to fill the void.
Indianapolis found themselves in need of another running back last week after starter Vick Ballard suffered a torn ACL during practice on Thursday. They used Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown to picked up the slack over the weekend, but had a spot open up after moving rookie Kerwynn Williams up from the practice squad to fill the No. 3 role.
Now with the Colts, Maysonet will be given the opportunity to develop into a quality backup. If his college career is any indicator, there’s a good chance that he could have a solid future as a contributor in the NFL.
A stud out of small-school Stony Brook, Maysonet was a favorite of many draftniks leading up to late-April after racking up 1,964 rushing yards as a senior. The 5’10’’, 210-pound runner, however, never heard his name called. Not long after the draft came to a close, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent, receiving the biggest signing bonus ($10,000) of any undrafted running back.
Despite the front office’s best efforts, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly parted ways with Maysonet. He was eventually claimed by the Cleveland Browns, but failed to crack the 53-man regular season roster.
Maysonet still has a long way to go before he becomes relevant, but brings short-area burst and toughness to the ground game. If he can continue to improve as part of the Colts’ practice squad, it might not be long before he hits the field in regular season action.
Nice addition, Jim Irsay.