The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts announced on Friday they had signed Nick Truesdell and waived tight end Mike Miller from the Non-Football Injury list.
The 6’5″, 245-pound Truesdell has 15 receptions for 200 yards and eight touchdowns while playing wide receiver for the Portland Steel during the 2016 AFL season. He suffered an injury in Portland’s season-opener and was unable to return until Week 13. In his previous two seasons in the AFL, with the Spokane Shock, Truesdell totaled 112 receptions, 1,327 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Before his AFL career began, Truesdell played at the University of Cincinnati and Grand Rapids Community College. He went undrafted and unsigned in the 2013 draft, but was looked at in rookie minicamp by the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals, and the following year by the Green Bay Packers. From there he spent a short time in the Indoor Football League before joining the AFL.
Despite being used as a receiver in the AFL, Truesdell’s size translates well to the tight end position in the NFL. The Colts will see how he stacks up compared to the current tight ends they have on their roster: Dwayne Allen, Chase Coffman, Jack Doyle, Eimil Igwenagu, and Erik Swoope.