The Indianapolis Colts today signed linebacker Shawn Loiseau and tight end Martell Webb to the practice squad. Guard Hayworth Hicks was signed to the New York Jets active roster off the Colts practice squad.
Loiseau, 6-0, 239 pounds, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2012 before being waived on August 31. As a senior at Merrimack College, Loiseau led the team with 121 tackles and 4.5 sacks. He was named Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference performer.
Webb, 6-3, 276 pounds, was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011 and was released on August 29. After spending time on New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squads, Webb signed with the Arizona Cardinals on January 5, 2012 and was waived on August 31.
Webb was a four-year letterman at Michigan and played in 38 games, making three starts at tight end. For his career, he caught nine passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Hicks signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. He was waived on August 31 and signed to the practice squad on September 1.
Tags: martell webb, practice squad, shawn loiseau
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Bruce Arians was a guest on the ‘Pagano Show’ Monday evening. ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey hosts the show and Arians covered a variety of topics with a few of the highlights are below:
On Arians spending some time with head coach Chuck Pagano on Saturday afternoon:
“He was feeling real good and he knew some down days were coming but he’s mentally prepared for it. It’s going to be a tough week but he’s going to be fine.”
On how he thought his team dealt with a short week:
“I was really pleased with our veterans as far as schooling the young guys on what to anticipate as far as a short week and what kind of game it was going to be, a very physical game, a division game and the young guys responded very well. I thought it was the best game in certain areas and not so much in others. In the fourth quarter, we committed some really stupid penalties and made a couple boneheaded plays offensively but it didn’t hurt us because we had built a nice lead. In the game’s coming up it could come back to bite us. We have to clean that up. It’s fun to be able to coach and clean stuff up with a victory.”
On the play of the offensive line against the Jaguars:
“They’ve logged enough snaps now and they are all comfortable with each other. When Samson (Satele) went down, A.Q. (Shipley) came in and did a great job. (Jeff Linkenbach) has bounced all over the place, starting at left guard, right tackle and has played his heart out every where he’s been. Bradley Sowell got a few snaps at tight end. Our whole blocking unit, I was real pleased with.”
On what it is going to take to beat the Patriots:
“The biggest thing is you cannot turn the football over up there. Tom’s (Brady) going to turn them into points every time. The games that I’ve had success up there we’ve been error free as are as turnovers and we got lucky and got a couple. They’re outstanding. They have great offensive skill and they play an up tempo (style) that our defense must get ready for. Our offense has to go out and make first downs, score points and let’s see how the chips fall.”
On what it has been like to coach such a young team, specifically offensively:
“The results for me, watching them get better is more important right now than the wins and losses. They will take care of themselves. As long as you see each guy get better on a consistent, daily basis then you know something is building for the future, which is going to be really powerful. This young class that we have offensively is a dynamite class. There is so much football talent but they are (also) great guys. They are so much fun to be with every day. It’s probably given me 10 years of youth working with them every day. I feel so much younger with these guys. They’re great guys.”
Tags: A.Q. Shipley, Bradley Sowell, bruce arians, chuck pagano, Jeff Linkenbach, winston justice
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As the Colts and Patriots rivalry moves into the 2012 season, some of the faces that have made this matchup so anticipated have begun change places.
However, a few constants remain and that includes Colts outside linebackers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis dealing with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“He’s definitely a guy out there that is leading his team like always,” Freeney said of Brady. “You would think the older you got, your skills start to deteriorate. He’s still as accurate as ever. He’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play.”
While Freeney will be playing a different position than what the Patriots are used to seeing, the Colts Pro Bowler admitted that the main objective of getting to Brady remains unchanged.
“Thank God I don’t have to drop into coverage as much. I don’t have to deal with all the stuff that they do route-wise,” Freeney said with a laugh on Monday. “For me, it’s just trying to get as much pressure as possible, just trying to be disruptive as possible to get his timing off.”
Freeney and Mathis have combined for eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 career games against the Patriots.
After missing the Jaguars game last Thursday, Mathis is hoping to get back on the field this weekend to get another crack at a quarterback he holds in very high regard.
“I think he’s one guy that you couldn’t play the disrespect card out of any quarterback in this league because he’s the most highly respected guy,” Mathis said of Brady. “His resume speaks for itself. He’s a guy that’s going to come and play. You just have to match that.”
Brady is now in his 13th season in the NFL and the seven-time Pro Bowler has seen little drop off in his production over the past few years.
Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians feels that Brady might be playing some of the best football of his career at the age of 35.
“If anything, he’s gotten better,” Arians said of Brady’s play over the years. “They do a very good job of keep pressing the envelope offensively. They’ve gone through a couple different guys as coordinators, but Tom and coach (Bill) Belichick have always got their hand on the pulse of the rest of the league and ‘These guys are doing this, how can we incorporate it?’
Tags: bruce arians, Dwight Freeney, robert mathis
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