By George Bremer
Anderson Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — First-year general manager Ryan Grigson continued his reshaping of the Indianapolis Colts’ roster Thursday with a trade that will bring two new faces into training camp.
The Colts will receiver linebackers Greg Lloyd and Moise Fokou from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for cornerback Kevin Thomas and a conditional seventh-round choice in next year’s draft.
Lloyd and Fokou join an Indianapolis defense in transition from a solid Tampa 2 scheme to a hybrid 3-4 defense Thomas was thought to be in the mix for a starting spot at cornerback but seems to have lost favor with the coaching staff since the spring. He spent all of April, May and June as the No. 2 cornerback opposite Jerraud Powers. But he’s been working behind Justin King and Cassius Vaughn since training camp practice began Sunday at Anderson University.
Meanwhile, the Colts’ depth at linebacker took a hit Tuesday when the team announced A.J. Edds has a serious knee injury and will miss the entire season. Edds, who had been working with the second team as an inside linebacker, was injured in a non-contact drill Sunday.
Indianapolis defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, speaking before the deal was completed Thursday afternoon, said there are plenty of positions up for grabs on his defense.
“I think that a lot of spots are still open across the board,” Manusky said. “I think we’ve got to keep on looking at it from the first practice to the last. When we get over to Chicago (for the season opener Sept. 9), hopefully we have our team in place.”
Lloyd’s father, also named Greg, was a standout linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers from 1988 to 1998. He was a seventh-round choice by the Eagles last year when Grigson still was the team’s director of college scouting.
Lloyd spent the first 12 weeks of his rookie season on the practice squad, was elevated to the active roster in November but did not appear in a regular season game.
Fokou was a seventh-round selection by Philadelphia in 2009, also during Grigson’s tenure with the franchise. He has made 98 tackles in 43 career regular season games, including 22 starts. Fokou had 27 tackles, including 10 stops on special teams, in 11 games last season.
Thomas was a third-round pick by the Colts in 2010. He missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury and made 33 tackles in nine games with the Colts last year.