Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 8/31/14
Follow @MarcusDugan  Welcome Back, A.Q. The Colts claimed A.Q. Shipley off waivers this afternoon.   Shipley was Indy’s backup center in 2012 and played noticeably well when he was able to get on the field. To make room, the team waived center Thomas Austin. Shipley was drafted in the 7th round by Pittsburgh in 2009 but soon found himself on the practice squad. After more of the same in Philadelphia, he managed to stay on the active roster for much of the 2012 season with the Colts and started five games, filling in on occasion for then-starter Samson Satele (and, as many would argue, vastly outplaying Satele). After starting 9 games last season with the Ravens, he wasn’t able to make the final roster cut this year and finds himself back in Indianapolis. Shipley brings experience, some decent durability (and a fantastic beard) to the Colts offensive line rotation. No one will accuse him of being particularly fast, but he’s powerful at the point of attack (33 bench reps in the 2009 combine and a Wonderlic score of 40, for whatever that’s worth), and tends to be one of those players who ‘plays to the whistle’, which sounds cliché, but is a nice trait for an offensive lineman. Practice Squad taking shape Meanwhile, Indianapolis has signed safety Dewey McDonald, who was probably a tough player to cut after a strong preseason, to the practice squad. McDonald has great size, good speed, and a knack for getting to the ball. There looks to be some nice upside with him. According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, the team has also added tackle (or DE?) Tyler Hoover, DT Nnamdi Obkwelu, ILB Andrew Jackson, CB Shelden Price, TE Erik Swoope, G Josh Walker and WRs Ryan Lankford and Josh Lenz. Notably absent from that list is QB Chandler Harnish. The team instead elected to go with former Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews, a rookie UDFA who was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last week (8-24). Mathews is more of a typical pocket passer (5.20 in the 40) and has decent size for the position at 6-4, 223. He doesn’t have Harnish’s athleticism, but is known for having a good arm for deep throws. Follow @MarcusDugan
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