They’re two of the 20 undrafted free agents the Colts announced deals with on Sunday and Monday. The most recent addition is Loucheiz Purifoy, a 6-1 cornerback from Florida who was signed on Monday afternoon.
One year ago, Purifoy was projected as a potential first-round draft pick. He struggled on and off the field, however, capped by a drug-related brush with the law last month, and went undrafted after passing up his final year of college eligibility.
All 25 new additions will be joined at rookie mini-camp by Jack Breckner (the 6-9 offensive tackle) and Henoc Muamba (who was born in the Congo) beginning Friday.
The first-year players can take heart in the fact they are no greater underdogs than Jerrell Freeman (cut by the Titans in 2008 before playing three years in the CFL), Josh McNary (a former army lieutenant), Matt Overton (a Pro Bowl long snapper) or Daniel Adongo (a Kenya-born former rugby player) — four members of the Colts’ AFC South championship roster last season.
Grigson’s approach to talent acquisition might not always follow conventional wisdom. But it’s hard to quibble with his track record for unearthing hidden gems.
Who knows? If Indianapolis ever fulfills its Super Bowl dream under Grigson’s watch, somebody might even want to make a movie about it.
George Bremer is a sportswriter for The Herald Bulletin. He covers the Colts for CNHI newspapers.