If you’re looking for a reason to watch the Indianapolis Colts‘ fourth and final preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, then take the opportunity to watch and cheer for “bubble” players, including rookie free agent Zach Kerr.
Kerr has everything it takes to become a Colts fan favorite. He has a compelling back story. He’s shown a lot of improvement and a lot of personality. The official Twitter of the Colts Authority blog accurately described Kerr as “a pleasant surprise; a big, round pleasant surprise.”
He plays nose tackle, along with Josh Chapman (otherwise known as Chapnado), a position that wasn’t in high demand during this year’s NFL draft. But when the draft ended, Kerr had several calls and ultimately chose Indianapolis. By the end of the day Saturday, he’ll either have a spot on the final 53-man roster, or he’ll be a free agent again.
Kerr’s contributions have crescendoed throughout the preseason. He registered just one tackle in Week 1 against the New York Jets. Against the New York Giants, he registered four tackles. When the defense struggled against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Kerr stood out as a bright spot, with five tackles, a sack and a phenomenal dance (that has yet to be GIF’d, by the way). With increased playing time in Cincinnati, Kerr could become the star of the show. Jason Campbell, meet Zach Kerr. A.J. McCarron, MEET ZACH KERR!
Not long ago, Kerr left the University of Maryland with academic issues. He missed a full season before finding a place with the mighty University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens. Now he’s a college graduate with a degree in sociology on the brink of becoming the latest in the Colts’ long history of undrafted diamonds in the rough.