Ballard restructures Colts front office
Colts GM Chris Ballard has made five new hires to the player personnel staff. (1070 the Fan photo)
Chris Ballard’s impact on the roster in his first few months as general manager has been profound. Now that the draft is complete, he has turned his attention to reshaping the front office.
The Colts confirmed the restructuring of their player personnel department with the hirings of Ed Dodds and Rex Hogan as vice presidents of player personnel, Morocco Brown as director of college scouting, Kyle Childress as college scouting coordinator and Brian Decker as player personnel strategist.
Dodds has 13 years of NFL experience and spent the last 10 seasons (2007-2016) with the Seattle Seahawks. Hogan has 14 years of NFL experience and most recently served as the senior director of college scouting with the New York Jets for the last two years (2015-16). Prior to New York, he spent 12 years with the Chicago Bears.
Brown has 16 years of NFL experience, the last two as vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns (2014-15). Prior to Cleveland, he spent six seasons (2008-2013) as the director of pro personnel for the Washington Redskins. Brown previously served as assistant director of pro personnel with the Chicago Bears for seven seasons (2001-07).
Childress has seven years of NFL experience and spent the last two seasons (2015-16) with the Kansas City Chiefs as senior assistant to the head coach.
A retired Green Beret, Decker served as a player personnel strategist for the Cleveland Browns from 2014-15. In that capacity, he worked closely with the general manager to develop and refine systems/processes related to the team’s talent acquisition strategy. Decker was responsible for assessing the character and make-up of players under consideration in the draft or free agency.
Departing are Jimmy Raye (who was vice president of football operations), T.J. McCreight (director of college scouting) and scouts Brandon Brown and Ahmad Russell.
ROOKIE CAMP UNDERWAY
Fully 73 players took the field at the team's West 56th Street complex Friday for the first practice of rookie camp, which is for draft picks, college free agents and tryout players.
Among the participants are second-round pick Quincy Wilson (cornerback, Florida), third-round pick Tarell Basham (outside linebacker, Ohio U.), fourth-round picks Zach Banner (tackle, USC), Marlon Mack (running back, South Florida) and Grover Stewart (defensive tackle, Albany State), and fifth-rounders Nate Hairson (cornerback, Temple) and Anthony Walker (inside linebacker, Northwestern).
Not participating is first-round pick Malik Hooker (safety, Ohio State), still recovering from offseason surgery on a labrum tear in his hip and two sports hernias. Hooker is expected to be back for training camp.
COLTS WAIVE MAGGITT, SIGN BOYD
The Colts signed defensive tackle Josh Boyd and waived outside linebacker Curt Maggitt with an injury settlement.
Boyd (6-3, 310 pounds) played in 26 career games (four starts) in three seasons (2013-15) with the Green Bay Packers and totaled 43 tackles (23 solo) and one pass defensed. He was originally selected by the Packers in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State.