Werner's signing comes just over a week after he was cut by the Colts, who drafted him 24th overall in 2013. He put up subpar numbers in his first two seasons, combining for 68 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and five passes defensed, but he dropped off almost completely in his third season, recording just 13 tackles in 10 games. A return to the quality of play of his first two years will likely only be enough to net him a backup job at defensive end with the
Bjoern Werner was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.
The 24th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Werner didn't even make it to the final season of his rookie contract, notching just 81 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 38 games the past three years. Veteran outside linebackers Trent Cole and Robert Mathis may still be able to provide a decent rush on passing downs, but there's little question that the Colts need an infusion of young talent at the position.
Bjoern Werner had three tackles and played 18 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.
He finally got some playing time after being a healthy scratch last week. However, he's only getting time due to injuries and his future with the Indianapolis Colts looks bleak.
Werner's playing time continues to decline, as he was playing less than 20 snaps on defense per game the last six games. The 2013 first-round draft pick looks like a total bust at this point.
|P1||8/11/16||@ NYJ||7:30 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|6||10/16/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/27/16||@ TEN||8:25 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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