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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The local kid might have Indy’s return job while the former Hoosier is gone.
On Saturday, the Colts trimmed their roster to 53 by waiving seventh-round draft pick Ray Fisher, the Indiana alum, undrafted free agent Brandon James and receiver Sam Giguere _ making Devin Moore, the clear winner, in the competition for the return job.
Moore, a free agent from Wyoming, impressed coaches with a brilliant effort on both kickoff and punt returns in the Colts’ second preseason game. The running back also showed good burst when he carried the ball.
Colts coach Jim Caldwell and team president Bill Polian were not available following the announcement though Moore, Fisher, James and Giguere battled throughout the preseason for the only unclaimed position on the team.
None of the moves came as a surprise though the Colts made a last-minute trade to pick up third-year defensive back Justin Tryon. The Colts sent an undisclosed draft pick to the Washington Redskins to acquire Tryon, who has played in 29 career games since Washington selected him in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
Indy wanted depth in a secondary that has already seen six players go down with season-ending injuries including veteran safety Jamie Silva and third-round pick Kevin Thomas, a cornerback.
The Colts did cut three players who spent time on last season’s roster _ Giguere, defensive end Ervin Baldwin and receivers Taj Smith. They also cut offensive lineman Adam Terry, one of the two veteran free agents the Colts added during the offseason. The other, Andy Alleman, was cut during training camp.
And the Colts again decided to keep only two quarterbacks _ Peyton Manning and Curtis Painter _ after cutting Tom Brandstater.
The other players waived were defensive backs Danny Gorrer, Ashton Hall, Terrail Lambert, Mike Newton, Glenn Sharpe and Terrell Skinner; offensive linemen Chris Marinelli, Adrian Martinez and James Williams; defensive linemen John Chick and Marlon Favorite; running backs Javarris James and Allen Patrick; tight end Colin Cloherty; linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka and receiver Blair White.
Teams can sign eight players to the practice squad starting Sunday.
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