Colts cut Griff Whalen, promote Mr. Irrelevant

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The Colts cut from perhaps their thinnest position to get more Irrelevant.

The team announced they waived wide receiver Griff Whalen, and promoted tight end Justice Cunningham from the practice squad.

Cunningham was the final pick in this year’s draft from South Carolina, and was released in final cuts.

Whalen played in six games this year, with nine catches. The Stanford product was trading on his familiarity with his old college coach and quarterback, Colts coordinator Pep Hamilton and Andrew Luck.

His release could lead to more of a role for rookie wideout Da’Rick Rogers, who was promoted from the practice squad last week. Rogers has plenty of physical talent, but the Colts indicated they were willing to give him a chance after a long line of off-field problems in college.


9 responses to “Colts cut Griff Whalen, promote Mr. Irrelevant

  1. Whalen’s role was a slot receiver. He was really supposed to take over the 3rd down role that Reggie Wayne had; coming out of the slot on 3rd downs they’re responsible for recognizing blitzes and getting separation on underneath routes and catch the ball quickly. Unfortunately he didn’t do any of these. I think LaVon Brazil would be the biggest beneficiary in terms of taking the slot role, Rogers is more of a wide out so I can definitely see him getting looks where Heyward-Bey usually lines up. Hilton hasn’t really changed his role and his assignment has really been on the vertical, intermediate routes even after Wayne went down. Either way they needed to do something to shake things up.

  2. Whalen’s hands were not the problem. The problem was that he did not have enough quickness in the slot to create space from the defender. So Luck had to thread every throw to him.

  3. I believe they saw a Welker wannabe in Whalen. Besides the fact they saw the whole Stanford clique. reminds me of Fleener who is up and down. Just because a guy can sometimes have great catches, too many times I have seen luck get hit from Fleener’s side. A TE is not merely a WR, he has much tougher duties. Addai, may not have always been the best runner, but his protection is amazing. Let’s get protection…

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