Indianapolis Colts Football

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RELEASE DT-ARTHUR JONES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 24, 2017 – 11:22 am

The Indianapolis Colts today released defensive tackle Arthur Jones. 

Jones, 6-3, 320 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2014. He has played in 63 career games (31 starts) and totaled 172 tackles (95 solo), 10.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. Jones has appeared in nine postseason contests (five starts) and tallied 22 tackles (11 solo), 1.0 sack and two fumble recoveries. In 2016, he started all eight games he played in and registered 30 tackles (15 solo).

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN LS-JOE FORTUNATO

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 23, 2017 – 4:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed undrafted free agent long snapper Joe Fortunato. 

Fortunato, 6-5, 240 pounds, played in 46 career games as a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) at Delaware. He served as the team’s long snapper on punts all four years and was the long snapper on placements in his final two seasons with the Blue Hens. Fortunato did not miss a game during his career and finished with five special teams tackles.

 

As a senior in 2015, Fortunato played in all 11 games. He appeared in all 12 games in 2014 and tallied two special teams stops. Fortunato was part of a unit that ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Association and seventh in the NCAA in net punting (38.5). In 2013, he saw action in all 12 games and made one special teams tackle. Delaware led the CAA and ranked second in the NCAA in net punting (41.47 avg.) in 2013. Fortunato played in all 11 games as a freshman in 2012 and compiled two special teams stops. He originally joined the Blue Hens as a walk-on tight end.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN OLB-JABAAL SHEARD 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 10, 2017 – 7:13 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard. 

“Jabaal brings a wealth of experience and veteran leadership to our locker room,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard. “His size and speed are the conduit to his pass rushing ability as he creates matchup difficulties for opponents. Jabaal is equally talented against the run and in pass coverage. His addition provides a good player for our defense and we’re excited to have him as a member of the Colts.”

 

Sheard, 6-3, 265 pounds, is a six-year NFL veteran who spent two seasons with the New England Patriots (2015-16) and four years with the Cleveland Browns (2011-14). He was a member of New England’s Super Bowl LI championship team last season. Sheard has competed in 89 career games (59 starts) and has totaled 260 tackles (170 solo), 36.0 sacks, 43.0 tackles for loss, 18 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has also participated in five postseason games, totaling 16 tackles (nine solo), half a sack and 1.0 tackle for loss.

 

“Jabaal is a tough football player who can help set the edge against the run and get after the quarterback,” said Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He will be a good addition and I look forward to seeing him contribute to our team.”

 

In 2016, Sheard saw action in 15 games (eight starts) and finished with 33 tackles (20 solo), 5.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss and four passes defensed. He recorded half a sack in Super Bowl LI in addition to two tackles. Sheard played in 13 games and recorded 37 tackles, 8.0 sacks, two passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 2015. During his final year in Cleveland (2014), he posted 44 tackles, 2.0 sacks and three passes defensed in 16 games. In 2013, Sheard competed in 13 contests and tallied 35 tackles, 5.5 sacks, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He was nominated by the Browns as the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year that season. In 2012, Sheard started all 16 games for the second time in his career and tied his career-high with 55 tackles while adding 7.0 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. In his rookie season with Cleveland (2011), he started all 16 games and set a career-high with 8.5 sacks while adding 55 tackles, two passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Sheard’s tackle and sack total both ranked third among all NFL rookies as he was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RELEASE CB-PATRICK ROBINSON

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 12:31 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released cornerback Patrick Robinson. 

Robinson, 5-11, 191 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent in 2016. He played in seven games last season and totaled 26 tackles (20 solo), five passes defensed and one forced fumble. In seven NFL seasons with the Colts (2016), San Diego Chargers (2015) and New Orleans Saints (2010-14), Robinson has compiled 260 tackles (211 solo), 10 interceptions, 59 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and 1.0 sack.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS T/G-JOE REITZ ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 7, 2017 – 10:52 am

Indianapolis Colts tackle/guard Joe Reitz today announced that he is retiring from the NFL. 

“I’m privileged to have had the opportunity to coach Joe for five seasons here in Indianapolis,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “He stood out as a selfless player who was respected by his teammates in addition to being a tremendous family man. As a native of the Indianapolis area, Joe made an impact on the community he grew up in. He demonstrated how one should conduct himself on and off the field and all Hoosiers and Colts fans alike should be proud of the way he represented himself. We are thankful for Joe’s contributions to this organization and wish him the best moving forward.”

 

Reitz played in 73 games (44 starts) in six seasons (2010-16) with the Colts. The versatile offensive lineman saw action at left guard, right guard, left tackle and right tackle during his career. Reitz also started three postseason contests for the team. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2010) and Baltimore Ravens (2008-09). Reitz originally signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 after playing collegiate basketball at Western Michigan.

 

In 2016, Reitz saw action in 13 games (six starts) and blocked for a Colts offense that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (262.6), seventh in points scored (397) and 10th in yards per game (364.4). He helped pave the way for running back Frank Gore who logged the team’s first 1,000-yard rushing season dating back to 2007. In 2015, Reitz competed in all 16 games for the first time in his career and made 14 starts at different positions (10 at right tackle, two at left tackle and two at right guard).

 

Reitz was named the recipient of Indianapolis’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award. One of the most active Colts players in the community, the Fishers, Ind. native is very passionate about supporting his fellow Hoosiers and is heavily involved in charitable endeavors in the greater Indianapolis region. He has hosted youth football camps at Hamilton Southeastern High School, St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel, Ind. Reitz worked with the Knights of Columbus to host a Special Olympics mini combine at the Colts practice facility in February of 2015. He has visited Riley Hospital for Children to meet with patients during the holiday season. For the last four years, Reitz and his wife have hosted a Tackling Homelessness Event for Horizon House. He is active in Christian outreach efforts and Indianapolis CYO programs. Reitz has served as a guest speaker for All Pro Dad’s Chapter Breakfast at Hazel Dell Elementary School and at Coburn Place’s Blue Breakfast. He also read to students as part of the Colts Day in Schools event and was a reader for Read Across America Week.

 

In 2014, Reitz competed in 10 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that assisted the team in setting a single-season franchise record for net yards (6,506). He also started all three postseason contests at right tackle. In 2013, Reitz played in 14 games (three starts) on the offensive line and assisted Indianapolis in averaging 108.9 rushing yards per game, the team’s highest total since 2006. He competed in nine games (eight starts) in 2012. In 2011, Reitz appeared in 11 games (nine starts). He spent time on the Colts active roster and practice squad in 2010.

 


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COLTS TO HOLD 2017 TRAINING CAMP IN INDIANAPOLIS 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 3, 2017 – 1:31 pm

The Indianapolis Colts will conduct their 2017 summer training camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Practices will be closed to the public, but fans will have the opportunity to attend two off-site practices being planned at local venues. 

The Colts summer training camps have taken place at Anderson University since 2010. They were previously conducted at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (1999-2009), and in Anderson beginning with the Colts arrival in Indiana (1984) until 1998.

 

“Anderson University and the people of Anderson have been incredibly gracious and enthusiastic hosts,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “The dynamics of NFL training camps have changed through the years, and more teams are staying at home. Last summer, with weather being a factor, we practiced only 11 times in Anderson. While our camp plans beyond 2017 are uncertain, staying home this summer should help us with future determinations.”

 

The dates for this year’s camp will be announced in the near future.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN T/G-FAHN COOPER

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 27, 2017 – 2:15 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent tackle/guard Fahn Cooper. 

Cooper, 6-5, 306 pounds, spent the entire 2016 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He participated in the 49ers 2016 offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 3 and was signed to the team’s practice squad the next day. Cooper was originally selected by San Francisco in the fifth round (174th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

Collegiately, Cooper started all 26 games in two seasons (2014-15) at Mississippi. In 2015, he was the Kent Hull Trophy winner, presented to Mississippi’s college offensive lineman of the year. Cooper started all 13 games and helped the Rebels lead the SEC in scoring (40.8 points per game), total offense (517.8 yards per game) and passing offense (334.7 yards per game). The team ranked in the top 10 nationally and set school records in each category. In 2014, Cooper started all 13 games. Prior to Mississippi, he spent the 2013 season at the College of DuPage where he earned Second Team NJCAA All-America honors. Cooper began his collegiate career at Bowling Green and started all 13 games for the Falcons in 2012 after redshirting in 2011.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS RELEASE ILB-D’QWELL JACKSON 

Posted by coltsindianapolis on February 9, 2017 – 1:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. 

“D’Qwell is a consummate professional,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “The way he approaches the game is second to none. His leadership and mentorship provided a valuable example for the younger players on this team. We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”

 

Jackson, 6-0, 242 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on March 6, 2014. He has started 140-of-141 career NFL games and totaled 1,350 tackles (838 solo), 19.5 sacks, 42 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and nine interceptions (two returned for touchdowns). Jackson started all three playoff contests he appeared in and recorded 33 tackles (20 solo), two passes defensed and one interception. He has registered eight-career 100-tackle seasons and has led his team in tackles in eight of his 11 seasons in the NFL.

 

Jackson led the Colts in tackles in each of his three seasons in Indianapolis. In 2016, he started all 12 games he played in and tallied 82 tackles (56 solo), 1.0 sack, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Jackson recorded a career-high 193 tackles (105 solo) in 2015 and added 3.0 sacks, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one interception (returned for a touchdown). He was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2014 after collecting 184 tackles (111 solo), 4.0 sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HIRE SANJAY LALAS THE TEAM’S WIDE RECEIVERS COACH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 25, 2017 – 10:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Sanjay Lal as the team’s wide receivers coach. 

Lal has spent 10 seasons in the NFL ranks, including the last two years as Buffalo’s wide receivers coach. Last year, Bills wide receivers accounted for 11 touchdowns. In 2015, Sammy Watkins recorded his first 1,000-yard campaign and led the NFL in average yards at the point of the catch (14.7). After returning from injury, Watkins finished the second half of the season ranked third in the NFL in receiving yards (900) from Weeks 9 to 17.

 

Prior to arriving in Buffalo, Lal spent three seasons (2012-14) with the New York Jets and coached Eric Decker who posted 74 catches for 962 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. In 2013, he guided Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson who finished first and second on the team in receptions respectively. Kerley also posted a career-best 56 receptions in addition to 827 yards and a 14.8 yards per catch average in 2012.

 

Lal spent five seasons (2007-2011) with the Oakland Raiders as the assistant wide receivers/quality control coach (2007-08) and wide receivers coach (2009-2011). While in Oakland, Raiders wide receivers finished sixth in the NFL with an average of 15.0 yards per catch. Denarius Moore ended the 2011 season with an 18.7 yards per reception average, which was the fourth-highest total among all wide receivers in the NFL. In 2010, he coached one of the youngest wide receiver units in the NFL, as no Oakland receiver entered the year with more than three seasons of pro experience. Lal helped rookie Jacoby Ford average 18.8 yards per catch.

 

Lal was the offensive assistant and quarterbacks coach at the University of California for three seasons before joining the NFL. The Golden Bears played in a bowl game in each of his three years and captured a share of the school’s first Pac-10 title in 2006. Lal was the quarterbacks and strength, speed and conditioning coach at Saint Mary’s college in 2004 and was the wide receivers coach at Los Medanos College in 2003.

 

Lal attended the University of Washington where he played wide receiver and became a Husky Hall of Fame selection. He was on Washington’s 1992 National Championship team and a member of two Rose Bowl teams. Lal was invited to training camp with the Raiders in 1995 and also spent time with the St. Louis Rams in 1998. He signed with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1999.

 

Lal replaces Lee Hull, who served as the team’s wide receivers coach last season.

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN S-LEE HIGHTOWER TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT

Posted by coltsindianapolis on January 12, 2017 – 4:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Lee Hightower to a reserve/future contract. 

Hightower, 6-2, 200 pounds, spent time on the Colts and Washington Redskins practice squads last season. He participated in training camp with Indianapolis in 2016 before being waived during final cuts on September 3. Collegiately, Hightower played in 20 games (seven starts) in two seasons (2014-15) at the University of Houston and finished with 65 tackles (40 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defensed and one forced fumble. Prior to transferring to Houston, he started 11-of-15 games at Boise State from 2011-12 and registered 56 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception and five passes defensed.

 


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