Colts Add Two Defensive Backs – Matthias Farley and Neiko Thorpe

Matthias Farley

On Sunday, one day after the NFL required teams to reduce rosters to the regular-season 53-man limit, the Colts added some needed depth in their secondary by claiming two defensive backs off waivers, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

The Colts added safety Matthias Farley a day after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. They also claimed cornerback Neiko Thorpe after he was waived by the Oakland Raiders.

To make room, the Colts released tight end Chase Coffman, who was one of four tight ends on the final roster, and cornerback Jalil Brown.

Farley started 26 games at Notre Dame before joining the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in May. He registered 13 tackles in four preseason games with the Cardinals before being released. The Colts have a need at safety, where they had just three healthy players. Clayton Geathers was activated from the non-football injury list on Saturday, but he’s still recovering from a broken foot.

Thorpe has appeared in 37 NFL games with two starts after spending parts of the past three seasons with the Chiefs and Raiders. The Colts will be without cornerback Vontae Davis for several more weeks while he recovers from an ankle injury, creating a need for quality depth in the secondary.


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