Colts activate rookie DE Dayo Odeyingbo, waive vet RB Jordan Wilkins


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are finally going to get a chance to see what their second-round pick can do.

Dayo Odeyingbo, the defensive end of Vanderbilt who released such an impressive strip Indianapolis was ready to sign him in the second round despite the Achilles tendon tear he suffered in January, was activated from the reserve / non-football injury list. The rookie is eligible to make his NFL debut against the Titans on Sunday.

Indianapolis also activated key special team Jordan Glasgow from the injured reserve, bringing back the linebacker after missing five games with a concussion suffered against the Rams.

The Colts gave up defensive tackle Khalil Davis and running back Jordan Wilkins to make room. Davis was claimed on waivers from Tampa Bay in early October, but a team with a surplus of defensive linemen had not found a solution for Davis since his acquisition.

Much more noticeable is the decision to forgo Wilkins.

Wilkins, a Colts’ 2018 fifth-round pick, has been a reliable depth play at Indianapolis for three seasons, rushing for 951 yards and 4.9 yards per carry at post in his first three seasons, while playing an important role in special teams.

But the fourth-year fullback has no hold back in 2021, had only played one offensive snap behind a crowded fullback that includes Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack, and he’s missed the last three games. due to illness. The Colts declined to disclose the nature of the disease.

Mack, who averages four runs per game, is still the subject of a trade-demand, but talks have been calm on that front for the past two weeks, and the Colts as the undrafted running back Deon Jackson, a coveted free agent who received a $ 45,000 signing bonus for landing in Indianapolis this offseason.

As interesting as the running back’s situation may be, the move that matters most is the activation of Odeyingbo, a player the Colts coveted deeply in the draft. Indianapolis used their top two picks in the April draft on defensive ends Kwity Paye and Odeyingbo, and the Colts need both players to improve on the pass rush, probably more than they expected to ask. two to provide as recruits.

Pay starts off on the right side and he’s been solid against the run while coming slowly as a passer, although he did play a few games against San Francisco last week.

Odeyingbo will almost certainly not be asked to handle this kind of workload right away.

“I’m not the type to throw everything at them,” Colts defensive line coach Brian Baker said a few weeks ago. “Here’s what worries me. If the expectations are too high, OK, or if there are too many things you ask him to do, he won’t be successful, and if they don’t have success early on, then what do they save? … They register failure.

Odeyingbo is also coming out of an Achilles tear, and veteran left tackle Eric Fisher has been open and honest about the difficulty of recovering the last 10% explosiveness in the Achilles tendon, a vital part of the package for a smuggler like Odeyingbo.

Defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo (10) was a 2nd round pick for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The good news is that the rookie learns quickly, which allows him to play straight away.

And it will be interesting to see how the Colts have used Odeyingbo from the start.

“Because of his intangible assets, I expect him to come, maybe sooner than others, but to say sooner doesn’t mean fast,” Baker said. “Having said that, I am very optimistic. I’m glad he’s working, but what’s the name of this show? ‘Calm your enthusiasm?’ I think we have to do it.

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