INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts signed quarterback Chandler Harnish to their practice squad on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The Norwell graduate was released from the active roster on Tuesday. Outside linebacker Jerry Brown was also signed to the practice squad.
Harnish made the Colts’ active roster out of training camp, but was inactive for all five games this season. He played in all four preseason games, completing 27 of 47 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
A little more than one month into the first season of a massive rebuilding project, Indianapolis’ biggest battle is getting everybody to play at the same level all the time.
To me, it’s more about confidence in themselves and doing their job, center Samson Satele said Wednesday. They’re young guys, but they play good. It’s just learning the process.
Honestly, things aren’t that bleak in Indianapolis (2-3) compared with last year’s 2-14 debacle.
Andrew Luck is the NFL’s first rookie to top 1,200 yards passing and win two of his first four games, and he’s on pace for a record-breaking rookie season. Reggie Wayne is sixth in the league in receptions and third in yards even though he’s already had his bye week. Indianapolis’ pass defense is ranked No. 3 in the NFL.
A win Sunday over Cleveland (1-5) would not only put the Colts back at .500 but also would surpass last season’s victory total.
What has raised eyebrows, however, is the disparate performances the Colts have had.
At home, Luck is a solid 73 of 132 for 899 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
In two road games, he is 45 of 89 for 589 yards with one touchdown, five interceptions and two lost fumbles – three of those turnovers coming in last weekend’s 35-9 blowout loss to the Jets.
That’s not good enough, and the No. 1 draft pick knows it.
We’re trying to find a level of consistently playing well, Luck said.
Part of the explanation may be the continually evolving roster.
The challenge (for consistency) is the difference in the faces, guys having to learn to different jobs, offensive coordinator and interim head coach Bruce Arians said. If we put the 11 guys we started with out there, it wouldn’t be much of a challenge.
On Wednesday, the Colts added another new name, signing Lawrence Guy off the Packers’ practice squad.