The Indianapolis Colts today signed seven players to Reserve/Future contracts including guard Justin Anderson, cornerback Marshay Green, quarterback Chandler Harnish, tight end Dominique Jones, linebacker Shawn Loiseau, running back Davin Meggett and linebacker Monte Simmons.
Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on August 27, 2012 and was activated from the list on November 19. Anderson was then signed to the practice squad on November 23 and placed on the Practice Squad Injured list on December 11.
Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 1, 2012. He was elevated to the 53-man active roster on October 29 before being signed back to the practice squad on November 19.
Harnish, 6-2, 220 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and was signed to the practice squad on October 18, 2012.
Jones, 6-3, 255 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. He spent time on the Colts and Miami Dolphins practice squads this year.
Loiseau, 6-0, 239 pounds, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2012 before being signed to the Colts practice squad on November 13, 2012.
Meggett, 5-8, 215 pounds, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 14, 2012 before being signed to the Colts practice squad on December 11, 2012.
Simmons, 6-3, 226 pounds, was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 23, 2012. Prior to joining the Colts, he spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
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It’s a feeling that 31-of-32- teams in the NFL feel at the end of each season.
For the Colts, pundits thought that feeling wouldn’t come in the playoffs but Indianapolis defied those odds by earning a spot into the postseason.
Just 30 minutes after having your season come to an end isn’t the ideal time to reflect on the past year but the Colts players know that the growth created in 2012 will lead to a motivational offseason.
“Hopefully, this is a good learning stone for us. Hopefully we can take this and take this season and learn from it, good and bad,” wide receiver Reggie Wayne said.
“We’re such a young team, we got the feel of it, we got what a playoff game feels like, especially on the road. So we can use this as a learning tool and we’ll have a bad taste in our mouth this offseason. And hopefully we can capitalize on that.”
Wayne has been through this ordeal before in suffering a playoff defeat before coming back and returning to make a deeper run in the postseason the following season.
The veterans made sure to speak up following Sunday’s 24-9 AFC Wild Card defeat in delivering a message they hoped resonates with their younger teammates.
“We just said remember how this feels, so that when next year gets here we won’t have to go through this,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Just remember how we ended the season, when we’re lifting weights, do whatever we have to do so that next year we can just keep it going.”
Along with the players, Sunday’s contest brought an end to an extremely emotional season for the Colts coaching staff.
Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was not able to attend the game on Sunday after being taken to a local Baltimore hospital earlier that morning.
It was another case of ‘next man up’ for the Colts and Chuck Pagano will head into his first complete NFL offseason as a head coach with the itch of wanting to get back to work in continuing to ‘build the monster.’
“I just, and again, remember this feeling,” Pagano said of what he told his players in the postgame locker room. “Because we’ve got the foundation, the foundation is set. We said we were going to build one on rock and not on sand, because you can weather storms like this and you can learn from times like this.”
“The disappointment and the feelings that they all have right now, that’s what is going to propel us to 2013. That’s what’s going to motivate us to come back and work even harder. We’ve got a young group, as you know, and we’ve got a bright future.”
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Now some people would pick a blue (have an argument in Aussie terms) with this title. “What? Are you two sandwiches short of a picnic?” they would say, which means not all there; crazy. “Hell, we just lost at the playoffs…the dream ends here,” many would argue. But not me! For this little black duck, the fantasy has just ended, that’s all. At the beginning of this season we all agreed that this was a building year; we would do much better than last year, but we would only lay foundations. Bloody strong foundations, I say. Therefore, our result this year, finishing 11-5, one win away from equal leader in AFC South, making fifth seed, making the playoffs at all, taking over ten rookies to the playoffs! This is all fantasy stuff. A fantasy that became a reality thanks to Pagano, Arians, Luck and a whole lot of others but a fantasy none the less.
So fantasy over, our dream begins. We now have ten or so rookies that have gained experience in playoff football. Communication between coaches and players has started to gel and more than that, trust between them is building. Trust between a no longer rookie quarterback and his team mates is undeniably an attribute that is well seeded in the Colts offence. Trust and communication in the ever shifting landscape of defense (and gosh, do they show some determination and tackles that flatten some very large opponents) and trust from the fans. My dream, the one that begins now, is of a new era in our new COLTSRONG house. And this house is already becoming a great home for Pagano, Arians (he is great and yes Chuck, he does deserve a call but I hope he stays around for awhile longer), Luck, Mathis, Wayne, Hilton…..oh don’t start with all the names again because it’s a very big house!
It would be impossible to imagine that we could ever have such a bonding year as we have had this season. Personally, I don’t just fell closer to every player , coach and administrator in the Colts but I feel closer to every single person in Indianapolis. Actually, in the whole of Indiana for that matter. So to those that read my blog I have a question. As Indianapolis’ most favored adopted Aussie son, am I now officially an Indianapolian or is there some other name for someone who lives in Indianapolis. I might not live there physically, but my heart and soul feel they belong there. Though I have only been there once, I did feel very much at home in your great city and I thank everyone there for the opportunity of being part of the great game in a great city. And in the words of General Macarthur, I shall return!” Love you Indianapolis; great city, great people.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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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 four catches for 51 yards against the Ravens. The rookie tight end had two catches for 35 yards on the Colts initial scoring drive.
Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had 22 carries for 91 yards on Sunday. The 91 rushing yards for Ballard were the most in the postseason by a Colt since Dominic Rhodes (113) in Super Bowl XLI.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill had one catch for 17 yards against Baltimore. The 17-yard reception came on a third down midway through the third quarter and extended a drive that led to the Colts final field goal on the afternoon.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had three catches for 25 yards on Sunday and his seven-yard reception midway through the second quarter helped set up Adam Vinatieri’s first field goal.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton’s was second on the team with eight catches for 66 yards. Hilton’s 25-yard reception late in the second half set up a 52-yard field goal by Vinatieri at the halftime gun.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 28-of-54 for 288 yards on Sunday and added 35 rushing yards on four carries. Luck’s 54 pass attempts were the most in postseason club history. Luck became the first signal caller to be chosen No. 1 overall and start a playoff game in the same season. Luck’s 288 passing yards were the second most for a rookie in postseason NFL history.
Bradley Sowell: OT: Sowell filled in at right tackle for the Colts on Sunday, playing the majority of three quarters.
Rookie safety Delano Howell wide receiver Nate Palmer was inactive against the Ravens.
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