Two days after former embattled South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Weslye Saunders was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has gotten a second chance. On Tuesday night, Saunders signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Saunders went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft after a series of mistakes, while at South Carolina, caused his draft stock to plummet.
In his rookie season, Saunders caught four passes for 29-yards and a touchdown. During the offseason, Saunders was suspended for the four games of the 2012 season for performance enhancing drugs. Saunders was unexpectedly cut by the Steelers this week after his suspension was lifted. With the emergence of Leonard Pope as the teams No. 2 tight end, Saunders all the sudden became expendable.
We spoke with Saunders prior to the 2011 NFL Draft and he expressed that he was making the positive moves that would prepare him for a successful NFL career. Saunders would have to work the hard way after going undrafted and making an NFL roster. Saunders earned a spot on the 53-man active roster for the Steelers in 2011, but this latest setback might have been enough for the Steelers to turn their heads and move on. We wish the best for Saunders in his newest adventure as an Indianapolis Colt. Saunders finds himself in a fight for playing time as rookies Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are already established as the teams No.1 and No.2 tight ends. Saunders is no stranger to overcoming the odds, if he wants to see the field and earn snaps, it’s going to require Saunders to overcome those odds once again.