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DAILY CLIPS: Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 31, 2013 – 8:15 am

NFL NEWS
Blaine Gabbert on Jags’ QB battle: ‘It’s going to be a blast’
Sources: Bills, Kevin Kolb agree
CB Brent Grimes signs with Miami Dolphins
Report: cardinals not willing to offer much for chance to land Palmer
The 2013 offseason saw NFL teams exercising fiscal restraint

AFC TEAM NEWS
Pats O-line picture perfectly intact
Rodney gives Wilson raves
Ryan Mathews: ‘We were complacent’

NFC TEAM NEWS
Victor Cruz can learn from Steve Smith’s saga with the NY Giants, wide receiver needs to take the money and security that comes with it
Bears and QB McCown agree to one-year deal


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DAILY CLIPS: Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 30, 2013 – 11:42 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Colts trade worth another word
Checking in with Colts Nation regarding salary-cap space, more needs, Jeff Linkenbach and more
Q&A: ‘Mad Dog’ enjoying greener pastures with Indianapolis Colts

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional Series: Defensive Line

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Eight in the Box: WR status check

NFL NEWS
Bell: Tony Romo’s mega contract comes down to trust
It’s time to make a decision about bringing NFL back to L.A.
Troy Polamalu talks rule change
Terrence Newman reports that Terrene Newman will play for Cincy

AFC TEAM NEWS
Honey Badger to visit Gillette
Marcus McNeil hints at career comeback

NFC TEAM NEWS
NY Giants want to take a closer look at dual-threat QB Pat White as ex-West Virginia star looks to resurrect NFL career
Bears bolster offensive line with Slauson


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DAILY CLIPS: Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 29, 2013 – 3:20 pm

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Colts trade Clifton Geathers for Philadelphia’s Stanley Havili
Colts Andrew Luck squares off with Russell Wilson on Madden NFL 25 cover vote
Colts offseason: Different ways to look at it
Colts add fullback in trade
Colts acquire fullback Stanley Havili
Former Carvers Bay standout Geathers traded to Eagles
Birds ship FB to New Home, Gain DL Body
Fullback Havili traded to Colts

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional Series: Offensive Line
Could FIU have another player following Hilton’s lead?

AFC SOUTH BLOG
Todd McShay releases new mock draft

NFL NEWS
Texans pluck bruising FB Jones from division-rival Jaguars
Ryan Fitzpatrick fits Tennessee Titans’ bill
Jaguars explored acquiring Flynn
Which NFL free agents are un-signed? Our top 25 available players
NFL Doctor says disease is overstated
Fred Davis cancels Jets visit
Aaron Rodgers closer to extension
NFLPA president thinks multiple players will come out as gay
Report: Carson Palmer won’t take any payout with Oakland
Dwight Freeney wants richer deal than Osi Umenyiora

AFC TEAM NEWS
Sebastian Vollmer aims to stay healthy
Micheal Spurlock could land with Cowboys

NFC TEAM NEWS
Osi Umenyiora makes peace with NY Giants GM Jerry Reese before joining Atlanta Falcons
Lance Louis leaves Bears for Dolphins, signs 1-year deal


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ESPN’S JOHN CLAYTON TALKS FREE AGENCY, JIM IRSAY ON TWITTER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

ESPN Analyst John Clayton joined the “Grady and Big Joe Show” on 1070 The Fan yesterday morning and had some complimentary things to say about the Colts and their approach to free agency.

Clayton gave the Colts 2013 free agent class a ‘B+’ grade and offered an interesting tidbit on newly signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.

“On the Tuesday before the Super Bowl, all the defensive linemen lift. So when they were down at the Marriott in New Orleans, they went to this one place and there wasn’t enough weights,” Clayton said.

“They had to go and find another place at 6:30 in the morning. There’s a 650-pound limit to what you can do as far as lifting on the team, on the squat, and Ricky Jean-Francois did 700 on Tuesday before the Super Bowl.”

Clayton also addressed his thoughts on how Colts Owner Jim Irsay uses Twitter.

Social media is still in its infant stages with many NFL teams but Clayton said there isn’t one owner in the NFL who utilizes it like Irsay.

“There’s nobody even close,” Clayton said when talking about Irsay’s activity on Twitter.

“He’s the ‘king’ owner as far as Twitter and I give him a lot of credit because I think it generates a lot of interest in the team. It keeps everybody thinking about the Colts during a very important time.”

Clayton said that he thinks having an owner that is this involved with social media can help lure prospects.

“First off, it creates a buzz and also when you start to talk about acquisitions then you can at least get players excited. I think now, as it was with Peyton Manning, (Indianapolis) is good destination for players to want to come into. You can see from free agency.”

Clayton also gave his thoughts on the Colts pursuit of free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

To listen to a podcast of Clayton’s interview click here.


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INSTANT REACTION: STANLEY HAVILI ACQUIRED BY COLTS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 28, 2013 – 1:50 pm

Ryan Grigson’s connection with the Philadelphia Eagles helped contribute to three trades for the Colts last season.

The Colts general manager dipped back into that well on Thursday afternoon when Indianapolis acquired Eagles fullback Stanley Havili in a trade for defensive end Clifton Geathers.

How does this trade impact the Colts?

One of the first questions offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was asked upon arriving to Indianapolis was if he would utilize a fullback.

In 2012, rookie tight end Dwayne Allen was the Colts primary fullback (h-back) and players such as running back Robert Hughes and inside linebacker Mario Harvey also saw time at the position.

With Havili, the Colts are adding a versatile threat out of the backfield and the USC product set a Trojans’ school record in receptions for fullbacks.

Last season, Havili played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Eagles carrying the ball six times and catching seven passes.

The 245-pound fullback will be entering his third season in the NFL and adds another dimension to Hamilton’s offense. The Colts offensive coordinator preached that he wanted multi-faceted players to line up in a variety of spots and Havili appears to fit that role.

On the other side of the football, Geathers played in eight games at defensive end for the Colts last season.

Geathers, who was signed on Oct. 3 by the Colts, added much needed depth during the season when the Colts began losing bodies (Fili Moala and Drake Nevis) at the defensive end position.

The Colts are expected to have Moala and Nevis back in the fold this season and have added Ricky Jean-Francois in free agency. That trio goes along with Cory Redding and Lawrence Guy (who both started in the AFC Divisional Round game against the Ravens). Kellen Heard and Ricardo Mathews also bring depth along the outside of the three-man front.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:47 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers. The team also announced that restricted free agent tackle Jeff Linkenbach has signed his qualifying offer.

“Stanley fills an immediate need for us at the fullback position and provides us with a solid option in our new offensive scheme,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “His speed, explosion and hard-nosed playing style are his main strengths, but he also possesses sound blocking and receiving skills. Stanley had a very productive career at USC and gained valuable experience as a starting fullback and special teams contributor for Philadelphia last year. The Eagles in return are getting a young, very big and strong player in Clif Geathers that can play every defensive line position to fill a need moving forward in their new scheme as well. We feel it’s a win-win.”

Havili, 6-0, 245 pounds, was selected by the Eagles in the seventh round (240th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. In 2012, he appeared in 15 games (two starts) and totaled six rushes for 22 yards and his first career touchdown, while adding seven receptions for 43 yards. He also helped pave the way for five 100-yard rushing performances by running backs LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown.

At USC, Havili played in 52 career games (48 starts) and recorded 1,799 scrimmage yards (1,290 receiving, 509 rushing) and 15 total touchdowns (12 receiving, three rushing). As a senior in 2010, he earned All-Pac 10 honorable mention accolades after ranking third on the team with 32 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 166 yards and one touchdown.

Geathers tallied five tackles (two solo) and his first career sack in eight games played with the Colts last season. He was originally signed to the team’s practice squad on October 3, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on October 9. For his career, he has registered seven tackles (two solo) and 1.0 sack in 15 games played, while seeing action in one postseason game.

Linkenbach was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over the past three seasons, he has played in all 48 regular season games, making 28 starts. In 2012, Linkenbach started eight regular season games and one postseason contest. He helped block for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for the most passing yards (4,374) by a rookie in NFL history, while also breaking the rookie record for passing yards in a single game (433) in Week 9 against Miami.

In 2011, Linkenbach started all 16 games for the first time in his career and provided time for running back Donald Brown to set a career-high with 161 rushing yards on 16 attempts (10.1 avg.) against Tennessee (12/18). In 2010, he appeared in all 16 games (four starts) and was part of an offensive line that helped the team produce 5,000-plus net yards for the 13th consecutive season. The line also only allowed 16.0 sacks on the season, which tied for the fewest allowed in the NFL.


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Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:49 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
Next free-agent wide receiver up for Colts?
Can Indy’s big-league efforts outrun small-town image?

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional Series: wide receivers
Heisman trophy finalist Klein might be switching positions
Colts Mailbag

NFL NEWS
Texans visit with free-agent fullback Jones
Right tackle, safety market dry
Tennessee Titans filled big gaps but have work to do
Osi Umenyiora headed to Falcons
Chargers release tackle Gaither
Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert on anonymous criticism: ‘Say it to me’

AFC TEAM NEWS
Patriots may see light
Jets looking at Landry’s brother to fill safety hole

NFC TEAM NEWS
Former NY Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn finds new home with Carolina Panthers
Louis leaves Bears for Dolphins


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COBY FLEENER TALKS HIS FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE COLTS STAFF

Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 27, 2013 – 2:08 pm

Along with being one of the top rookie tight ends in the NFL, Coby Fleener has put his Stanford education into full use by writing a blog called “The End of the Line.”

Here is a link to the latest writing from Fleener and you can access his past blogs by following the link. In this week’s piece, Fleener talks about his first impressions of former Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and general manager Ryan Grigson

Fleener is an exceptional writer and even wrote a piece on Sports Illustrated’s Peter King last spring. In July, King had Fleener write an excerpt on the rookie symposium in King’s popular “Monday Morning Quarterback” piece.

 


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THREE COLTS PLAYERS HAVE BRAGGING RIGHTS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:20 pm

The NCAA Tournament has been trimmed down to the Sweet 16 and for nearly all the 75 players currently on the Colts roster, fandom will have to turn elsewhere than the colleges they attended.

For wide receiver Reggie Wayne (Miami), nose tackle Brandon McKinney (Michigan State) and running back Delone Carter (Syracuse) hope is still there to watch their respective schools cut down the nets in Atlanta a week from Monday.

For others like Erik Walden (Middle Tennessee State) the dream died in the play-in game.

A trio of Ole Miss Rebels (cornerbacks Marsahy Green/Cassius Vaughn and offensive tackle Bradley Sowell) saw their school go from a No. 13 seed to a shot away from making the Sweet Sixteen.

Players that saw their schools bow out in round of 64 included: safety Sergio Brown/running back Robert Hughes (Notre Dame), outside linebacker Justin Hickman (UCLA), offensive tackle Ben Ijalana (Villanova), offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach/defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews (Cincinnati), wide receiver Jabin Sambrano (Montana), nose tackle Martin Tevaseu (UNLV) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State).

Defensive tackle Kellen Heard (Memphis) watched his Tigers drop a round of 32 matchup with McKinney’s Spartans.


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Colts News and More From Around the Web

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:58 am

COLTS NEWS (LOCAL AND NATIONAL)
The NFL is looking to spread out its off-season schedule to keep fans talking
Kelly Tilley: Colts cheerleading head talks about staying limber, choosing the best
No news from Colts on WR front
NFL’s Freeman finds his way back to class
Matt Hasselbeck still in shock from Tennessee Titans release

COLTS.COM
2013 Positional series: Running backs
Potential oozing for Oregon’s Dion Jordan
Grigson holds conference call with season ticket holders

NFL NEWS
NFL camp for high schoolers instills character development
Vince Young throws at Texas pro day, hopes for another NFL shot
H.G.H. case could affect NFL talks
Dez Bryant eyes 2,000-yard mark
For Manti Te’o it’s just the beginning
Lewis knew when to quit; other big-name veterans finding out
Dwight Freeney’s demands slow Denver Broncos talks

AFC TEAM NEWS
Vince Wilfork extends his diabetes fight
TE Davis may visit Jets

NFC TEAM NEWS
Sources: David Diehl accepts massive pay cut to remain with NY Giants for one more season
Bears chairman George McCaskey lucky to be where he is – and he knows it


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