The Indianapolis Colts are on the lookout for some tight end depth and recently brought in a couple of free agents to kick the tires.
This week, the Colts hosted veteran Jeremy Sprinkle for a tryout, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. They also brought in free agent Sal Cannella, per Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle.
Sprinkle (6'5", 255, 26 years old), the fifth-year tight end, spent his previous four years with the Washington Football Team as a reserve tight end.
Most recently in 2020, Sprinkle started 6-of-16 games and caught 1 of the 3 targets thrown his way for 6 yards.
He was a bit more productive the year before, however, posting career highs in receptions (26), targets (40), receiving yards (241), and tied his career-high with 1 touchdown.
Overall, Sprinkle has started 33-of-59 games, catching 34-of-55 targets for 301 yards (8.9 avg.) and 3 TD. He has also played in all 16 games for Washington in each of the last three years
According to Pro Football Focus, Sprinkle has a career grade of 50.1. While that is quite a lower grade overall, he’s improved his pass blocking grade each year of his career.
Cannella (6'5", 228), an undrafted free agent of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Auburn, has yet to land with an NFL team.
He was a 'tweener wide receiver/tight end who caught 25 passes for 330 yards (13.2 avg.) and 5 touchdowns in three years with the Tigers.
The Colts don't have any pressing needs at tight end — already operating with Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox — but their third tight end Trey Burton being a free agent creates a small void.
However, the common thought among analysts this offseason has been that the Colts more so need an athletic tight end that can stretch the field and pick up yards after the catch.
If this new player is a younger guy that can eventually develop into the Colts' top tight end, even better.
Sprinkle doesn't quite fit that bill, but depth never hurt anybody.
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