Moving timeLinebackers Ken Benson and Malcolm Goodwin...

COLTS CAMP UPDATE

June 21, 1994|By Ken Murray

Moving time

Linebackers Ken Benson and Malcolm Goodwin became rush ends yesterday, while Ivan Caesar and Enis Jackson became free agents.

Those moves highlighted a day of surprises in the CFL Colts camp. Benson, a two-year CFL veteran, and Goodwin, a rookie, were relocated in an attempt to get the best athletes on the field.

Caesar and Jackson were released along with nine others. Caesar, a rush end who once was in line for a starting job, was a casualty of Saturday's scrimmage. Matthews was disenchanted with the play at the end opposite O. J. Brigance and acted swiftly to correct the problem.

"The Saturday scrimmage determined that position was not good enough," Matthews said. "There are no days off in life. 'Sorry, I had a bad day' doesn't cut it."

Matthews traded two prospects for Jackson, a five-year veteran defensive back, in March. It took a week of camp to decide to ship him out. "His style of play did not fit in with what we're trying to do," said Matthews.

Benson was playing outside linebacker with Alvin Walton. Better able to make the transition, Benson's move enables the Colts to keep Walton in the lineup. Goodwin, a backup to Earnest Fields at middle linebacker, has the speed to compete with Benson and David Webb at rush end.

"The bottom line is you're working, you're [still] on the field," Benson said. "It's their call. All we can do is what they ask us."

Also cut were rush ends Erik Ringoen and Rod Brown, halfback C. J. Masters, linebacker Felix Parham, cornerback Wayne Williams, receivers Marcus Goodwin and Clayton Driver and offensive linemen Ray Porter and Jason Youngblood.

Survival technique

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Spared in the cut was Webb,

who played through a torn oblique muscle and played well nTC Saturday. His reward is a trip to Friday's exhibition game in Shreveport, La.

"It was a trial," said Webb, who shaved his long curly hair yesterday to beat the heat. "It made me realize my hardships and effort paid off."

Incoming

The Colts signed wide-out Marcus Grant yesterday, their third new receiver in five days. Released last week by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Grant's arrival follows injuries to B. K. Williams (knee) and Shannon Culver (ankle).

"It's a nice opportunity, but the odds are really against me," Grant said. "I made a few plays today, but I'm a long way behind."

Cup in the cards?

This just in from Las Vegas: The Colts are 10-1 shots to win the 82nd Grey Cup this year. Favorites are Calgary (3-1), Edmonton (5-1) and Winnipeg (6- 1). Sacramento, British Columbia and Ottawa are 8-1, and Hamilton 10-1 with Baltimore.

MEET THE COLTS

Ken Benson

Pos: Rush end

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 220

College:

Arkansas

Year: 3rd

Outlook: Led the CFL in total tackles last year with Toronto. A quick, athletic player, he was moved from outside linebacker to rush end to strengthen the position.

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