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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 27, 2012 – 5:17 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed defensive tackle Kellen Heard and placed nose tackle Josh Chapman and defensive tackle Fili Moala on Injured Reserve.

Heard, 6-6, 339 pounds, has played in 23 games (two starts) and has recorded 26 tackles (17 solo), two sacks and one forced fumble. This season, he has appeared in eight games with the St. Louis Rams, making five tackles (four solo). He was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010 before being added to the practice squad on September 5. The Bills signed him to the active roster on December 11, 2010 and waived him on August 31, 2012. Heard was then acquired from waivers by the St. Louis Rams on September 1 and was waived on November 10.

Chapman, 6-0, 316 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. He was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on August 27, 2012 and was activated on November 12. He was inactive for the last two games.

Moala, 6-4, 310 pounds, has played in 48 games (39 starts) since being drafted by the Colts in 2009. He holds career totals of 86 tackles (54 solo), two sacks and two passes defensed. This season, Moala started in all eight games he played in and recorded 21 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed. He was inactive for three games.


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COLTS FAN CASEY: WEEK 12 FANTASY BLOG

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 4:08 pm

What’s up Colts Nation? Last night was a glorious night for myself and team “Colts Fan Casey” in the fantasy world. Finally, after 12 weeks, the man I drafted in the first round, Cam Newton, decided to reward me with a great 40 point performance in the Panthers 30-22 win over the Eagles.

Believe it or not, this win gets me back into the playoff hunt as we have two more weeks remaining before the playoffs start in our league. I need to win the rest of my games and need two people above me to lose out, but the good news is I play one of them in the final week so there’s a chance!

This week has been better for me in fantasy and I have to give credit to one of the best recent additions I made in Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. This guy did work for me in the New England game and gave me a solid 10 points this week as well. Too bad I didn’t get any points for his punt return, which would’ve been nice.

The best part about this week’s W is that not only did I score over 100 points, but I almost doubled the guy I was playing whose team name is “Domination.” Nothing dominating about his performance this week except that he got dominated.

I head into a tough match up this week, but I think I can stand a chance. I will be bringing you my sit ‘em and start ‘em picks of the week here in a couple days, but I had to fill you in on my great performance this week!

That’s it for me today; don’t forget to check out my homepage on Colts.com to see what I’ve been up to! (Especially my tailgate videos)

Yours in Football (real or fantasy),

 


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AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE: WEEK 13

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:00 pm

As the final month of the NFL season begins this weekend, here is a look at the current AFC playoff picture with the team’s conference record and remaining five games included:

1.     Houston (10-1)

  • 8-0 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Tennessee, @New England, Indianapolis, Minnesota, @Indianapolis

2.     Baltimore (9-2)

  • 8-1 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Pittsburgh, @Washington, Denver, N.Y. Giants, @Cincinnati

3.     New England (8-3)

  • 7-1 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Miami, Houston, San Francisco, @Jacksonville, Miami

4.     Denver Broncos (8-3)

  • 6-2 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Tampa Bay, @Oakland, @Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City

Wild Card Standings

5.     Indianapolis Colts (7-4)

  • 5-3 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Detroit, Tennessee, @Houston, @Kansas City, Houston

6.     Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @Baltimore, San Diego, @Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland

7.     Cincinnati Bengals (6-5)

  • 4-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: @San Diego, Dallas, @Philadelphia, @Pittsburgh, Baltimore

8.     Miami Dolphins (5-6)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: New England, @San Francisco, Jacksonville, Buffalo, @New England

9.     San Diego Chargers (4-7)

  •  4-4 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Cincinnati, @Pittsburgh, Carolina, @N.Y. Jets, Oakland

10.  Tennessee Titans (4-7)

  • 3-5 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: Houston, @Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets, @Green Bay, Jacksonville

11.  New York Jets (4-7)

  •  3-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Arizona, @Jacksonville, @Tennessee, San Diego, @Buffalo

12.  Buffalo Bills (4-7)

  •  3-6 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle, @Miami, N.Y. Jets

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FREEMAN HAS GONE FROM UNDRAFTED TO AMONG THE LEAGUE’S TOP TACKLERS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:10 am

The fact that Jerrell Freeman finds himself in the top five tacklers in the league this season is astonishing considering his path to the NFL compared to others.

Of the players that rank first through fourth in tackles (Freeman is fifth with 101), each was selected in the top 35 picks of their respective draft class (Jerod Mayo 10th overall, Chad Greenway 17th, James Laurinaitis 35th and Luke Kuechly 9th).

And then there’s Freeman, who went undrafted after 252 picks in 2008, 37 of which were linebackers.

A brief stint in Tennessee didn’t pan out, and after three seasons in the Canadian Football League, Freeman has now become an instant leader for a Colts defense that needed someone to step up when 2011 leading tackler Pat Angerer suffered a foot injury in preseason.

“The kid’s come out of nowhere and become the core of our defense,” Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians said of Freeman. “Fourteen, 15, 16 tackles a week. Sideline-to-sideline, his speed and the plays that he makes, I don’t know where we’d be without him.

While being in charge of the calls for the Colts new hybrid 3-4 defense, Freeman has racked up double-digit tackle games in five games this season.

When Angerer went down in the preseason opener, many wondered where the Colts defense would turn for at least the early part of the regular season.

Freeman has been the guy to solve all those questions and much more.

“I expected to come in and do everything I needed to do to make the team,” Freeman said to ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday’s ‘Pagano Show.’

“Luckily for me, I made the team and I guess I’ve been put into a position to make those plays.”

Following his 16-tackle performance against the Bills last weekend the nickname of ‘Baby Ray’, in reference to Ravens All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, was heard all around the Colts locker room.

Freeman is one of a plethora of new faces that have been asked to take on expanded roles this season and the easy going nature of the Colts locker room has helped ease the transition for him.

“It’s just family all the way around whether you’re the top guy, top dog here or the low man on the totem pole,” Freeman said. “Everybody gets treated the same, like brothers, like a family.”

On the field, Freeman considers himself a ‘sideline-to-sideline’ type player and is excelling in a system that he wasn’t familiar with before arriving in Indianapolis earlier this year.

From a hidden gem to among the league’s top defenders, Freeman has gone from ‘just trying to make the roster’ to an integral part of a potential playoff team.

We’re really happy we have (Freeman) on our football team because he’s turned into a whale of a football player and really our defensive leader. He’s gotten game balls. He’s been a captain,” Arians said.

“It’s a great honor for a young player like to him to jump into this group of veteran group of guys on defense and then call him ‘Baby Ray.’”


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ARIANS TALKS CLOSE GAMES AND THE BENEFIT OF PLAYING AT HOME

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:16 am

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians covered a variety of topics on Monday evening while on the ‘Pagano Show’ hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Below are some of the highlights:

On winning another one-possession game, the sixth of the season:

“I think that’s the only kind we know how to play right now (laughs). We are winning the one-possession games and I’m really proud of the way our defense and special teams played. I thought they were outstanding. Offensively, we did just enough to win the game and did not lose the game.”

On what has been the key to winning so many close games:

“It is (really hard to do). Hats off to the young players. We have great veteran leadership but these young guys have bought in and they’re working really hard. I thought offensively some of the young players looked like they hit the rookie wall and we had a little talk in halftime. But they bounced back and played really well in the second half.”

On why this team finds itself sitting at 7-4 and leading the AFC Wild Card:

“I think the whole thing with the bonding and our team having a purpose, and the purpose being Chuck. Just hell-bent on going to extend this season until he’s back. The coaching staff has done a tremendous job of trying to take his place and everybody’s chipped in.”

On what your impressions have been of the Colts fans:

“They are fantastic. I always felt like even in my time here before at the old stadium it was one of the (loudest) places to play in. When you come in here as a visitor it is extremely difficult to block out (the defensive) front with all the crowd noise. I think our crowd does a great job. Hopefully we’ll continue to win and win at home and that’ll get us into the playoffs.’


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