As the Indianapolis Colts continue to rebuild, the team announced on Aug. 21 that cornerback Josh Gordy has been acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for an undisclosed 2014 draft pick. To make room for Gordy on the 90-man roster, linebacker Larry Lumpkin was released.
Gordy is a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder out of Central Michigan who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2010. After being released by the Jags, he caught on with the Green Bay Packers and played in two games with them that year, earning a Super Bowl XLV ring with the team.
Last season, Gordy played in 14 games with the Rams, starting 9 of them. In his 16-game NFL career, he has 34 tackles, 10 assists, 3 interceptions, and 5 passes defensed.
A four-year starter in college, Gordy was named second-team All-MAC as a senior. He played in 47 games for the Chippewas, starting 45 of them and totaling 212 tackles (134 solo), 10 interceptions, and 37 passes defensed.
Gordy is at least a little bit familiar with Lucas Oil Stadium. He was just here a couple weeks ago when the Colts beat the Rams, 38-3, in preseason action. In that game, Gordy recorded 4 tackles.
He must have done something during that game to impress the Colts front office, though, for Indy to offer up a draft pick to acquire him just a week before rosters have to be cut down from 90 to 80 and less than two weeks before they have to be trimmed to 53.
Gordy was likely the odd man out on the Rams starting lineup with their acquisitions of Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins during the offseason, so he may have a better shot at playing time in Indy. The Colts already have 10 cornerbacks listed on their roster, and they seemed to hold up pretty well against Sam Bradford and the Rams and Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team is clearly not satisfied, continuing to focus on upgrading the defensive backfield.
Perhaps even more interesting is that the Larry Lumpkin experiment only lasted for about a month. I had hopes that the Colts might have stumbled across a diamond in the rough back in July when they signed Lumpkin as a free agent immediately after the supplemental draft. Apparently, though, it wasn't meant to be.
A physically talented player who was hoping to prove that he had overcome some behavioral hurdles that plagued him in the past, Lumpkin wound up being unable to even make the 80-man roster, despite a number of Colts linebackers getting nicked up during the preseason. The Colts haven't given any indication as to their reasoning behind waiving him--not that I'd expect them to--but it will be interesting to see if any other NFL teams snap him up now.
So the rebuilding continues in Indianapolis. Gordy will have a chance to show Colts fans what he's made of when the blue and white travel to take on Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. ET.
The author is a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. He is also a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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