The Indianapolis Colts are looking for a workable combination at cornerback with Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson and Darius Butler all dealing with respective injuries.
The Colts brought in another cornerback Wednesday, signing former Ravens and Patriots cornerback Rashaan Melvin. The third-year cornerback was waived by the Dolphins this past weekend. In a corresponding move, the Colts waived quarterback Stephen Morris with the hopes of placing him on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Melvin is the third cornerback Indianapolis has signed since paring its roster to 53 players. The Colts claimed and quickly waived Neiko Thorpe and signed former Jets cornerback Darryl Morris. The Colts also signed veteran Antonio Cromartie off the free-agent market earlier in August.
These moves are all an attempt to mitigate the potential losses of some of the team’s most important coverage players. Davis, a Pro Bowl caliber corner, was diagnosed as week-to-week while recovering from an ankle injury.
Indianapolis enters the 2016 season with an already shoddy pass defense. The Colts ranked 24th in the NFL against the pass last season after allowing an average of 257 passing yards per game. And that was with a healthy Davis in the lineup.
Melvin played in nine games with the Ravens and Patriots last season and has 42 career tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defended on his NFL resume.