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INDIANAPOLIS – For now, the Colts are going the veteran route to address their issues at the wide receiver position.

Veteran Dontrelle Inman signed with the Colts on Tuesday morning, bringing 49 career games (30 starts) of NFL experience to a wide receiver room dealing with injuries and major drop problems.

Both Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni have ample familiarity with Inman, who played with the Chargers from 2014-17, along with a brief stint in Chicago during the second half of last season.

“Dontrelle is a solid wide receiver who has made a lot of plays in the NFL,” Sirianni said of the new wide receiver in Indianapolis. “He knows our system. He knows our terminology and he’s always been a quick processor who has helped other guys get lined up.

“He gives us a big body, reliable target who knows our offense and can run some of the routes we know full well.”

Sirianni says in San Diego there were specific routes where the staff thought Inman was the team’s best route runner.

Inman, who stands 6-3 and 205 pounds, has 130 career receptions for 1,797 yards and 8 touchdowns. With the Bears and Chargers last season, Inman ranked 107th in catch percentage by NFL wideouts.

The Colts have had Inman on their radar for several months.

Reich was Inman’s offensive coordinator for the receiver’s first two seasons with the Chargers. Then Sirianni became Inman’s position coach from 2016-17, before the Chargers traded the wide receiver to Chicago.

At the age of 29, Inman doesn’t fit the ‘time to look at the young guys’ sort of move that some might have expected from a 1-5 team in rebuild mode.

Even though Inman hasn’t played football the past year, he’s going to be needed on Sunday with wide receiver Marcus Johnson (ankle) now on injured reserve. The Colts also have uncertain injury situations at receiver with T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) and Ryan Grant (ankle).

If neither of them can go on Sunday, the Colts will need another wide receiver on their 53-man roster.

Could that be rookie Reece Fountain?

The Colts could still activate Fountain to the 53-man roster, from the practice squad, later this week. Bumping a guy up from the practice squad late in a game week is something they’ve done on multiple occasions this season, with a variety of players.

For now, though, Fountain remains on the practice squad with the Colts electing to go with someone they have more history/trust with, over the 5th round pick from Northern Iowa.

“It just takes time,” Sirianni said on Tuesday of what has held Fountain back from being elevated to the 53-man roster. “It’s a different, different game. Obviously, going from the FCS level to the NFL is a jump. It’s just a process of continuing to get reps and feeling more and more comfortable because he is catching our eye, he is showing us that he can do some things.

“It’s just a process.”

Here are a few more notes from the coordinators meeting the media on Tuesday:

  • Sirianni chimed in on the constant drops for the Colts over the last three weeks. The offensive coordinator said the staff is adding to the practice workload of their guys this week. On top of the required 85 catching reps in the team’s receiving circuit at practice, players will have to have more JUGS work, too. “It’s a problem,” Sirianni said of the drops. “We have to keep coaching the fundamentals.”
  • Will Sirianni and the Colts start yelling at guys about the drops? As a former college receiver, Sirianni says he never took well to yelling when it came to correcting drops. So don’t expect the Colts (Sirianni, Andrew Luck or Frank Reich) to start yelling at guys about drops anytime soon as they try to lesson the mental burden on guys about the issues. Here is what Sirianni had to say about that topic: “My philosophy is say, ‘Hey, get your head up.’ And if it’s hanging for too long, I’m going to say it a little bit more firm, ‘Get your head up and we are going to need you to make a play in this game.’”
  • Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus liked what Quincy Wilson gave the Colts in his first game back since Week Two. Wilson played in some dime package looks, actually playing in a role that we typically see from Clayton Geathers. But with Geathers, and safety Matthias Farley out, the Colts needed to be a bit creative with their sub packages. “I thought he looked good,” Eberflus said of Wilson used a little differently in his return to the field. “We played him down there low in some zone type of areas. He looked quick down there and did make a nice tackle (to force a field goal). I thought he could benefit from being in that area, because he has good instincts, good ball skills and has good tackling skills. He will be working him in that area and other areas, too. I think he can be multi-faceted in what he can do.” Wilson had 2 tackles in 11 snaps on Sunday.
  • One roster note to add from Tuesday: the Colts signed WR-K.J. Brent to their practice squad and released QB-Phillip Walker. Back during camp, Brent was a bright spot early on and looked to be challenging for a roster spot before a knee injury in mid-August led to his eventual cut. The Colts and Brent reached an injury settlement on Sept. 6. Now, Brent is back with the team, and is 1 of 3 receivers on the practice squad. Do not be surprised if Brent, Fountain or Steve Ishmael get called up from the practice squad later this week, given the current injury situation at receiver.