The depth of the Colts 2012 rookie class was once again on display this weekend thanks to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.
With three of the four longest plays from scrimmage for the Colts, Hilton showed that play making ability which made him a third round selection in April’s NFL Draft.
Following fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen’s first career touchdown last week, Hilton hauled in his first professional score on the team’s initial offensive possession on Sunday.
Quarterback Andrew Luck found the speedy Hilton in the slot position and the 40-yard touchdown gave the Colts a late first quarter lead.
Hilton didn’t care for individual accomplishments after the 22-17 loss, taking a look at the big picture and the inability to get the same offensive production following halftime.
“We let one get away from us,” Hilton said. “We have to close games better. Start fast in the second half like we did in the first half and we’ll be able to concentrate from there.”
Late in the fourth quarter, Luck once again found Hilton for a pair of significant gains at crucial moments.
With 2:56 remaining and the Colts down 16-14, Hilton caught a 32-yard gain on a Colts first-and-20 from Indianapolis’ own 15-yard line.
The final catch of the afternoon for Hilton was a 36-yard reception down the left sideline allowing the Colts a last second shot at the end zone.
The big play capability of Hilton has already been on display just two games into his first NFL season.
Hilton missed the Bears game due to a shoulder injury but since returning, he has been used in the return game along with as a receiver.
Dating back to his days at Florida International, Hilton has affected the game in multiple facets.
On Hilton’s first punt return, he gained 32 yards but that was negated due to an illegal block above the waist.
It is that electricity from Hilton which the Colts will be looking for the remainder of the season.
With the health of wide receiver Austin Collie uncertain heading into the bye week, the emergence of Hilton is a bright spot after such a devastating loss.
“This one stings,” Hilton said. “We have to come out stronger in the second half and come out more special, like we did in the first half.”
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had a career-high five catches for 35 yards on Sunday. His five catches were second most on the team.
Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard saw action offensively and on special teams against the Jaguars. He had five carries for 12 yards as the Colts once again used a trio of backs on Sunday.
LaVon Brazill, WR: Brazill played on special teams on Sunday and recorded his first career NFL tackle on a kick return.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener did not record a catch on Sunday as Allen had all the production in the receiving game for the tight end position.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star of the rookie class against the Jaguars. He had three of the four longest plays for the Colts offense on Sunday including his first career touchdown via a 40-yard reception. Hilton returned four punts for 29 yards and had one kickoff return for 26 yards.
Dominique Jones, TE: Jones saw action on both offense and special teams, mainly being used as a blocker.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-46 for 313 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He threw his fifth touchdown pass of the season, all of which have gone to different receivers. Luck also had a productive day on the ground against the Jaguars, rushing for 50 yards on four carries.
Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell were inactive against the Jaguars.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bradley Sowell, Chandler Harnish, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones, dwayne allen, LaVon Brazill, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Week 3 Results:
Texans 31 Broncos 25
-The Texans continued their impressive start to the 2012 season with a road victory in the Mile High City. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub threw four touchdown passes and showed his toughness by playing through a hit that took a piece out of his ear. Running back Arian Foster had 105 yards rushing on 25 carries. Schuab threw three straight first half touchdowns on three consecutive Houston drives and the Texans were able to hold a 31-11 fourth quarter lead.
NEXT GAME: Tennessee, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Titans 44 Lions 41 OT
-The Titans were apart of a slew of thrillers on Sunday in earning their first victory of 2012. Second-year quarterback Jake Locker was 29-of-42 for 378 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the afternoon. Tennessee led 41-27 before Lions quarterback Shaun Hill threw a touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to make it a one possession game. The Lions would then recover the onside kick before Hill threw a Hail Mary to wide receiver Titus Young to put the game into overtime. In overtime, Titans kicker Rob Bironas booted a 26-yard field goal to start overtime but the Lions would have one more chance. Detroit drove all the way down to Tennessee’s seven-yard line but was stuffed on a fourth-and-one resulting in the Titans 44-41 victory.
NEXT GAME: @Houston, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Jaguars 22 Colts 17
-Jacksonville got its first win of 2012 behind a final minute 80-yard pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to wide receiver Cecil Shorts. The game-winning touchdown came on the first play from scrimmage following Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri hitting a 37-yard field goal to give Indianapolis a 17-16 lead with 56 seconds remaining. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had 177 yards rushing on 28 carries including a 59-yard touchdown on Jacksonville’s first play of the second half.
NEXT GAME: Cincinnati, Sunday at 4:05 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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The roof will be open for today’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars
Today’s kick-off is at 1:00 PM EDT
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What’s up Colts Nation!? It’s gameday eve and I’m getting pretty excited for the Colts to host the Jaguars tomorrow in front of the home crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium.
I’m even more excited to hit the tailgates prior to the game. I’m looking for the best tailgate around. I met up with two last week and we had one advance in the Tailgate of the Year contest. You can get the full run-down in my video right here. The Colts Disciples tailgate to the first week with a narrow 13-11 victory over the Terre Haute Colts Bus.
I want you to tell me where to come tailgate. I could choose my own spot every week but that’s no fun! If I come and visit your tailgate spot, then that means you’re in the running for the tailgate of the week. Essentially I’m look for three things; food tastes/spread, Colts integration, and overall impression. I will fill out a sheet that will grade each tailgate on the above mentioned criteria.
The tailgates will be featured in a weekly webisode on Colts.com that will showcase the tailgates of the week. At the end of the year, each tailgate of the week winner will battle for the tailgate of the year chosen by you the fans!
The top three vote getters will be brought the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center where they will have a “tailgate-off” for the Colts Up Close TV Show where host Jeffery Gorman will name an overall winner for the “Colts Tailgate of the Year.” The winning tailgate will win a Colts-themed Honda Generator compliments of Reynolds Farm Equipment in Fishers, Lebanon and Mooresville.
Yours in Football,
Tags: Colts Casey B, Jaguars, tailgate
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As divisional play opens up this weekend for the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be facing the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 21st time in his 12-year NFL career.
Wayne holds the club record for the most receptions by a Colts player versus one franchise with 117 against the Jaguars (Wayne also has 117 against the Texans).
He has had some of his finest contests against the Jaguars and he would love to have another in front of a close friend on Sunday.
Former Colts great Edgerrin James will be in Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday as he will become the ninth member to be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.
When James talked with the Indianapolis media on Thursday he said he wants to see Wayne’s name right next to his in the Ring of Honor.
Wayne doesn’t want to fast forward in time just yet.
“Tell him don’t be rushing my career,” Wayne joked on Friday. “I’m happy for him. I believe it’s well deserved. He’s excited about it and I’m excited to see it go down.”
With James in attendance, Wayne has a chance to pass his former teammate in career touchdowns as he currently stands one behind him with 74 career scores.
The two’s friendship dates back to their college days at the University of Miami.
During Wayne’s first season in Coral Gables, it was the constant-smiling James who approached him to offer advice.
“He was my first non-freshman to give me a little knowledge, a little tutelage,” Wayne said. “From that day on, we’ve kind of hung around each other.”
The two spent five seasons together in Indianapolis after sharing three together as teammates in Miami.
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning called James the ‘best teammate’ he ever had and Wayne couldn’t argue with those words.
“I miss being in the same locker room with (James),” Wayne said. “He brings good spirit from the locker room onto the field. Just seeing him smile always makes you think that it’s not going to be as bad.”
“He’s definitely a major part of this foundation that’s been built when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts. I’m excited for him to be back in the house and hopefully we’ll have a good showing for him.”
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What’s up Colts Nation!? It’s another week of the NFL season which means another week of fantasy football. As I said in last week’s blog, I got worked during week one, and this week I more than bounced back. Despite a losing effort, I was able to get the second highest point total in my league.
One of my downfalls this week came before the games even started. I was offered a trade from my week two opponent where he would give me Danny Amendola for Kevin Ogletree. Long story short, if I would have accepted this trade I would have won. Lesson learned.
Other than that I did pretty well. Thanks to Cam Newton for having a great game and I stuck with my guns leaving Trent Richardson in there and he obviously did pretty well.
If you remember my “sit em” and “start em” picks from last week, I was pretty accurate on these so let’s go ahead and look at this week’s picks.
Week 3 Start em: I’m going to go with Reggie Bush on this one. If you didn’t start him last week you’re probably kicking yourself. For an offense that has been struggling to get things going, I think that he might be their best option against a tough Jets defense.
Week 3 Sit em: I think it would be safe to sit Darren McFadden unless he’s your highest rated running back. I can foresee the Steelers defense shutting him down regardless of the game being play in Oakland.
Week 3 Random Though: If you have the option to, claim Andre Brown of the Giants off of waivers. He had a breakout game last night and he is only going to get better as the statuses of their running backs are not promising.
Yours in Fantasy Football,
Tags: Colts Casey B, fantasy football
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What’s up Colts Nation!? What a beautiful day to be a Colts fan. We’re coming off a big win over the Vikings in front of the home crowd and heading into another game at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of our great fans.
I had a great game day this past Sunday! I was able to get down there early and head out to a couple tailgates. I made my first stop at the Terre Haute Colts Bus where they feature a cuisine common in that area of the state known as Sati Babi.
The second stop was at the Colts Disciples tailgate where they know how to party! Their motto is “We do it bigger” and boy do they do it big!
I’m going to be pretty brief with this blog because I want you guys to check out the webisode on Colts.com featuring the tailgate of the week winner.
Do you think the Terre Haute Colts Bus has what it takes to beat the Colts Disciples? There’s only one way to find out… Check out the video here!
Yours in Football,
Tags: Colts Casey B, Colts vs. Vikings, Food, football, tailgate
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To go along with Craig Kelley’s story on Edgerrin James being inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor on Sunday, below are some of the highlights from Thursday’s conference call James had with the media.
Some of the topics covered were similar to what is in the story linked above but no one can get enough ‘Edge’, so here you go:
What can you tell us about Chuck Pagano from your days at the University of Miami?
“Everybody loves Chuck. When we were at the U, he’s a players’ coach but he’s going to get in your face. Everybody likes Chuck, he’s a fun guy, always laughing around and everything. I had to deal with Chuck because they tried to put me on special teams. I wasn’t a special teams guy, but being that I was a freshman. Chuck he was in charge of I think kickoff return and I was not too fond of doing all that stuff but that’s how we ended up bumping heads a lot in meetings. But we started hanging around more because I had to actually be in those special teams meetings.”
How surprised are you that Reggie Wayne is still playing at this level?
“Not surprised at all because Reggie puts in the work. Reggie don’t take no days off. Reggie is going to train. Reggie is going to do everything that it takes. And then Reggie is smart so Reggie understands what it takes to play at a high level and then he takes good care of his body. A lot of this is about taking good care of your body. Reggie has gone through that year in and year out.”
There’s probably a spot on the wall for Reggie in a few years?
“Put it right beside me, man. That’s my boy. Everywhere I’ve been, me and Reggie have been together. At the University of Miami, Reggie was right there in the audience, he was one of the people that has always been with me every step of the way.”
What type of impact did Peyton Manning have on your career?
“Peyton was real detailed, a hard worker, he outworked everybody. Peyton did everything it took to put himself into position to have success. I’m never surprised about what he’s able to accomplish because he was not only the top player in the league but he actually did everything it took to put himself in that position. He put in hours upon hours, upon hours. Then when you would go to his house and it looked like you were back in the locker room again. That’s the stuff that kind of made you. When you start saying how much time he put into that stuff.”
What did it mean to you that Mr. Irsay had you come down and be with the team at the Super Bowl in Miami?
“It’s like family. I didn’t expect anything other than that because Mr. Irsay has always been somebody that’s been super close to us. I’ll always be a part of that team and I’ll always be a part of that family. There’s the business side of it that takes you in a different direction. But the day that Joseph Addai was drafted and on that team, I was on the phone with him trying to get him a good grasp of the offense, trying to make sure that he understands what he has to do and I made sure that he was able to call me. I was still a part of that team. I stayed in contact with everybody. I was just on Colts west probably.”
Of everything that you accomplished, is there one thing that you are the most proud of in your career?
“Just going out there to help win games and be able to do everything that is required to be a running back. Not just a back that just runs the ball but somebody that can actually catch the ball, somebody that can actually block, do everything. That’s one thing that I liked about it. You can go out there and do some of everything so there’s nothing out there that you can’t actually do.”
Did you feel you had a couple of years left in you?
“If everything in my personal life wouldn’t have taken the turn it has taken, then I could have continued to play. Once you stopped doing the training and you stop doing the things that it takes, that’s when you know it’s over. I had bigger things to take care of. I didn’t want to be out playing football when I had my kids and they need me more than football needed me. Let somebody else get out there. Open the door for somebody else. That spot I was using, somebody else could steal that spot that really needed it.”
Were there teams that expressed interest after Seattle?
“Yeah, we got phone calls from teams to come. Drew (Rosenhaus) was my agent and I remember one particular call when I told Drew, ‘I’m not even going to lie, I’m not even up for it.’ There’s more important things out there than just football, to be with the kids. I didn’t want to be playing football all these years and then all of a sudden I look up and my daughter’s grown. I want to at least be there and spend time with them.”
Do you feel like there was a transition with the fans where they didn’t know what to think of you at first but by the end you were one of the most popular Colts that has ever come through the town?
“You know coming from the Midwest, coming from South Florida, it’s totally different. Coming up and just being myself and doing what I had to do and kind of just staying out of everybody’s way, it kind of started meshing the right way. I enjoyed it. The people up there have always been nice. There are some nice people up there in Indianapolis.”
Tags: chuck pagano, Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne
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With 20 years of NFL experience, Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has seen his fair share of exceptional talents.
From Pro Bowlers to Hall of Famers, Arians has coached and coached against numerous players with endless resumes.
Arians had the privilege to coach former Colts running back Edgerrin James for his first two seasons (1999-2000) in the NFL and hasn’t seen a finer back.
“As good as there’s ever been in my opinion,” Arians said of James. “I mean he could do it all. He’s in the top five or six backs to ever play the game in my opinion. He was fun-loving, he practiced hard, he played hard, and I just have great, great memories of him.”
James will be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor during halftime of Sunday’s contest with the Jaguars.
Memories of James ran through Arians head on Thursday as he recalled what type of player James was on the field.
“He never had to come out of the game, never would come out of the game,” Arians said. “I had to laugh because we were talking about it this morning, it’s kind of become fashionable now for a running back to fall down at the end of the game when all the defensive guys are going to let you score. Edge said, ‘I ain’t falling down, I’m going in for a touchdown.’
Outside linebacker Robert Mathis is just one of three Colts players on the current roster who called James a ‘teammate’ in Indianapolis.
Mathis played his first three seasons in the NFL with James and enjoyed how No. 32 always seemed to ‘lighten the mood’ in the Colts locker room.
“I view him as a big brother because he helped show the ropes and helped you out,” Mathis said. “He’s not a guy that’s going to tear anybody else down in the locker room to build himself on. He’s going to bring you up to this level.”
“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate. It will be a good to see him and he’s well-deserving of his honor.”
Since James retired from the NFL in 2009, there has been a lot of debate on whether or not he will find himself in Canton, Ohio one day.
If it was up to Arians, that would not even be a question.
“Oh there’s no doubt, first ballot, has to be,” Arians said of James’ Hall of Fame candidacy. “With all the things he did early in his career and then finishing up. Everybody ahead of him is already in. A lot of people were upset when we traded Marshall (Faulk) and didn’t take Ricky Williams, but Bill (Polian) knew what he was doing.”
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